The Last Labour of the Heart

Aunt Lou had decided to die. The thought had got into her head and there was no getting it out. So said the nurse who called Benjamin Miles from Minneapolis. Lou had stopped eating. Wouldn’t take a bite. She was shed- ding pounds the way a dog sheds fur. She’s skin, bones and sheer determination,… Read more »

Re:Generations: Canadian Women Poets in Conversation

Reflections on the creative process, the poems, fiction and creative non-fiction in this collection replace the myth of the artist as solitary seer with a different story of lively conversations across generations and among art forms. Slipping into the skin or trying on the voice of an established foremother, or collaborating with a contemporary in… Read more »

There Was a Mr. Cristi

This exciting “literary find,” a never before published novel by the renowned Canadian writer Raymond Knister, tells the story of a woman who tires of living with her “transplanted” husband on his fruit farm outside of Toronto. This ambitious and independent English- born wife leaves for the city with the idea of starting a new… Read more »

Riding on a Magpie Riff

“I don’t smoke and I’m no axe murderer,” says Richard Stevenson in his newest book, Riding On A Magpie Riff. This semi-autobiographical work is an endearing and lighthearted rendition of Stevenson’s rise in the literary world, as well as an in-depth exploration of what it means to be an aging artist. Stevenson weaves a complicated tapestry… Read more »

Wait for Me

Marty Gervais’ Wait For Me is his first book since the selected To Be Now. Robert Hilles, the Governor General’s Award winner says of this work: “These powerful, worldly poems give us piercingly accurate observations on love, life and the spiritual. From playing god with ants, to infidelity, to pigeons in his hotel room, to the price of… Read more »

The Life of the Four Stomachs

Marilyn Gear Pilling’s latest collection, The Life of the Four Stomachs, is an ingeniously humourous yet passionate look at “the glorious mess of life/the guts the mud the smite the blood the song the sob/of life.” Through tales of sensuality, heartbreak, and laughter, the writer, the lover, the daughter, and the friend emerge and fuse together… Read more »

Beyond All Reason

Emmanuelle Vivier, a Paris-born translator and poet, has written a book of poems that charts the course of a disillusioned woman who starts an affair that leads to the beginning of a life of self-discovery. This is the third title in the First Lines series done by Black Moss Press. The series puts into print… Read more »

God is in the Cracks

In this new book, God Is In The Cracks, Robert Sward combines the mediums of poetry and drama as a series of dialogues between a father and a son. The discourse spans a period of 60 years, illuminating the complex development of a father/son relationship within the multifaceted perspective of a young man who is growing up and… Read more »

Godspeed

John B. Lee’s collection of poetry in Godspeed, which was an English sailing ship, examines the captivating stories of the seafaring and colo- nial explorers from the 16th century. Lee intertwines his lines of nautical and imperial verse with historical text from such personalities in history as Sir Walter Raleigh, Master George Percy and Sir Francis… Read more »

Dimensions of an Orchard

The best laid plans of mice and men, women and gods… Dave Margoshes lays out these plans with a deft poetic hand, turning them inside out, peering underneath, holding them up to his ear.

Partake – #

In his fourteenth book of poetry, Partake, Governor General’s Award winning poet Robert Hilles writes frankly about the death of his younger brother from cancer. He travels to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to grieve and heal and through these poems we see East meeting West. Partake chronicles the power of family and the spiritual… Read more »

A Crazy Man Thinks He’s Ernest in Paris

In her third collection, Terry Ann Carter responds to the tragic story of her schizophrenic brother. A Crazy Man Thinks He’s Ernest in Paris is a foray into the world of “voices”, mathematics, hospitals, and art. With sketches of McLean’s Mental Hospital, America’s premier mental hospital, which sheltered John Nash, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Lowell… Read more »

Rocking on the Edge

We live in edgy times, and Ronnie R. Brown’s newest poetry collection, Rocking on the Edge, looks at every-day people teetering on the brink. Using her trademark style of micro-fictional poetry, Brown chronicles the sad realizations of an exotic dancer who knows she’s “polished that silver pole a little too long,” as well as offering… Read more »

Tough Times

What sort of country do we want to live in? What sort of country do we already live in? What do we like? Who are we?” With these words, Margaret Atwood frames for us the tough questions that must be asked if we are going to grapple with the hash reality of these economic “tough… Read more »

Bob Monks History of Windsor

Bob Monks, who sadly passed away in 2011, was an artist, illustrator, author, former teacher and television personality in Windsor, Ontario. He was born in Michigan, but moved to Windsor in the 1950s. His signature style of cartooning made his work instantly recognizable, and he became well-known in the area. Monks studied at Los Angeles’… Read more »

Paper Affair

Paper Affair encompasses all the stages of Susan McMaster’s lyrical and engaging “page poetry,” from her first solo collection published in 1986 up to her new poems from 2009, and casts an interesting light on her performance poetry. This new collection from one of our premier poets showcases works of uncommon spirituality, explorations into philosophy and… Read more »

Crossing Arcs

Crossing Arcs: Alzheimer’s, my mother, and me is a collection of poems that chronicle and explore the loss of Susan’s mother’s memory to Alzheimer’s Disease. Tragedy, humour and a positive outlook on a situation over which one has no control are themes in a collection that draws readers into the minds and the thoughts of both… Read more »

Unanimous Night

A Canadian poet with a Caribbean voice, Cyril Dabydeen has been hailed as “a distinctly cross-cultural imagination” by the Arts Journal and has been recognized by Alistair MacLeod as possessing “an increasingly sophisticated mastery of poetic technique.”Dabydeen, who grew up in Guyana, made his publishing debut in 1972. Comparisons between Canada and his birthplace are a recurring… Read more »

Generation

After spending much of her teaching career in Ontario, poet Bernice Lever has retired to her native British Columbia where she continues to write. Bernice has worked on several literary magazines, including the award-winning WAVES, which she edited from 1972 – 1987. She also worked for two years in an executive position for the League… Read more »

You Tell Me

People generously gave me their stories. My duty as a writer was to be like a sponge on the ocean bottom, absorbing these tales, filtering them, embellishing, poeticizing, but keeping the heart of them, then passing them back out. I want these stories to belong to everyone. I want them to resonate. I want a… Read more »