Grace Notes

In music, a grace note is an ornament, a very small, unessential part. In Eugene McNamara’s Grace Notes: New and Selected Poems, the grace is large and functional. The poet’s love of music (Part 1), history/literature (Part 2) and family (Part 3) are ultimately saving while his craft throughout is elegant, full of grace. The... Read more »

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Terry Ann Carter in Cambodia

Day Moon Rising, Terry Ann Carter’s fourth collection of poetry encompasses the struggles and hopes of Cambodia. The effortless way she combines haiku and lyric poetry provides a humbling and inspiring look at the history of Cambodia, and the nation’s attempt to rise above thier hardships. As Terry Ann says, “poetry is another way to recount... Read more »

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White Collar Writing: Bruce Meyer Talks About The White Collar Book

by Black Moss Press intern Jessica Clémençon On a train ride with Black Moss publisher Marty Gervais, famous Canadian poet and educator Bruce Meyer realized that no one had yet compiled an anthology on white collar poetry. He decided to take up the challenge, along with his sister Carolyn with whom he has worked on... Read more »

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Video of Do Not Call Me By My Name Launch & Reading – #

OnBowen.com has kindly posted a great video of Lisa Shatzky‘s launch and reading for her first poetry book Do Not Call Me By My Name. Here’s what OnBowen had to say about the reading: Accompanied by a wonderfully sensitive musician, Ruta Yawney on harp and flute, Lisa’s poetry was performed by herself, Don MacLean, Simon... Read more »

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Marty Gervais named 1st Poet Laureate of Windsor

Congratulations to Black Moss publisher Marty Gervais who was yesterday named the first ever Poet Laureate of Windsor. Here’s a snippet of what The Windsor Star had to say: “He’s a great storyteller, and he’s going to be telling Windsor’s story,” said Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac, who originally pushed for the position. City council on Monday night announced... Read more »

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All That Desire

By the author of Still, winner of the 2004 Pat Lowther award. All that Desire collects works from nine of Besty Struthers’ previously published books of poetry, from 1984 until the present, alongside a selection of brand new poems. Old poems rest against new, cycling through birth, life, and death, families coming together and falling... Read more »

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The Book of Places

“Serious, playful, and governed by the eye’s apprehension of the familiar as well as the shockingly new, Yvonne Blomer’s Book of Places takes us cycling through Asian landscapes, Britain’s stone cathedrals, and the intimate landmarks of home, where these poems accumulate earthly wonders: rivers and rain, animals, leaves, bamboo’s hollow knock against stone. She drops... Read more »

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time lapse

Robert Hilles’ latest book of poetry, time lapse, refuses to stay in one place, or indeed, in one time. From the streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand, to recollections of building a romance, Hilles pitches us backwards into childhood anecdotes of an uncle with a glass eye and family lost in the fog. The poems in... Read more »

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Imagining Lives

Imagining Lives is a poetry book with a past. Bernice Lever’s writing transports the reader to the 1940s and ‘50s, where children make mud pies and listen to family stories of the “dirty thirties.” Imagining Lives does not only look back, however. Lever seamlessly moves forward into more contemporary times, musing on nature, technology, and... Read more »

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Crow reviewed in the Winnipeg Free Press

The Winnipeg Free Press recently reviewed Crow by Cornelia Hoogland. Here’s a sample of what reviewer Jonathan Ball had to say: …the poems are enjoyable and accomplished, with some wonderful and surprising passages Read the full review here.

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Brides in Black blog

Black Moss is excited about the upcoming Spring 2012 release of Brides in Black, Mary Ann Mulhern’s follow-up to her successful poetry book The Red Dress. To keep up to date on news about Brides in Black, as well as some great related content, be sure to check out www.bridesinblack.wordpress.com

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Can’t get Enough of “Crow”

Cornelia Hoogland has launched a website devoted to her latest book with Black Moss, Crow. Check it out here for more information on this fantastic and innovative book of poetry.

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The White Collar Book: Poetry and Prose of Canadian Business Life

“…the work of thoughtful, elegant, and accomplished anthologists and writers, this volume is a useful, provocative, and altogether pleasing read.” — Conrad Black Featuring a foreword from Conrad Black.   Unlike most countries, Canada was a nation founded by clerks and created on paper by professionals. We spend an enormous portion of our lives in... Read more »

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The Toronto Quarterly Reviews “dark fish & other infernos”

The Toronto Quarterly published a short review of Joe Rosenblatt and Catherine Owen’s dark fish & other infernos in their latest issue (issue 8). Here’s what they had to say: dark fish & other infernos: epistles and poems (Black Moss Press, 2011) is a bizarre and twisted compilation of madness from self-professed septuagenarian poet, Governor... Read more »

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Barrie Examiner interviews Bruce Meyer on City’s Literary Culture

Nicole Birch-Bayley of The Barrie Examiner talked to Black Moss author Bruce Meyer about the Carnegie Days Festival and other similar literary events. Here’s a snippet of her article: “I see the rest of Barrie becoming more integrated into the downtown,” says Meyer. “I see a positive transformation … where you will have a central part of... Read more »

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A Few Words with Mary Ann Mulhern

Mary Ann Mulhern’s upcoming book Brides in Black, a follow-up to the successful poetry collection The Red Dress, has been gaining a great deal of attention over the last few weeks. Set to be released in early Spring 2012, Brides in Black takes Mary Ann back into the convent. Her signature minimal poetic style allows her to share the stories... Read more »

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Windsor Star covers Rosemary Sullivan coming to BookFest

Ted Shaw of the Windsor Star previewed the list of authors attending BookFest Windsor in this past Saturday’s paper (October 15th). The preliminary list of authors to appear at this year’s Bookfest Windsor is out, and it’s impressive. Among those attending are Rosemary Sullivan, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for nonfiction; Douglas Gibson, president and publisher of... Read more »

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It’s More Than Fame, It’s Community Pride: Poet Laureates

By Black Moss Press interns Jaclyn Wood, Rebecca Taylor, and Kristina Storey The City of Windsor is currently looking for their first Poet Laureate. The Ancient Greeks would pay tribute to their most notable poets by giving them this title; the Poet Laureate would be responsible for writing odes, which would celebrate royal events, such as... Read more »

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Terry Ann Carter Nominated for Archibald Lampman Award

UPDATE: Arc Poetry Magazine presents poets Nina Berkhout, Terry Ann Carter, Jenny Haysom and Paul Tyler at Collected Works Bookstore – 5:00 p.m. The three finalists for the 2011 Archibald Lampman Award, given annually to the best collection of poetry by an author from the National Capital Region, will read alongside Jenny Haysom, who won... Read more »

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Margaret Atwood tweets about Molito

Thanks to Margaret Atwood who tweeted about Molito today. Many thanks to those who re-tweeted as well for helping us spread the word about this wonderful book.

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