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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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.

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Holy Cards: Dead Women Talking

holy cards: dead women talking by Penny-Anne Beaudoin is a collection of narrative poems focusing on the histories and legends of women saints from both the Eastern Orthodox and Roman traditions. The poems are interwoven with contemporary themes of women’s place in religion and society, female sexuality, violence against women, and the evolution of a... Read more »

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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 »

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Within Within – #

In his first volume of poetry in 15 years, award-winning author Peter Levitt has used his compelling poetic skill bring to life poems of great intimacy that affirm the essential connection all things share. Within Within brings to life the local world Levitt loves in a way that undeniably places beneath our feet “the unmoving... Read more »

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Missionary Positions

Missionary Positions is a collection of inter-connected short, short stories about a fictitious school called The Daycare Learning Company and interaction of the staff among themselves and with their administrator – Missionary Boss Woman. The writing is witty, entertaining, poignant, perceptive and jarring. Sometimes the stories make the reader shake with laughter. Other times, the... Read more »

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Totally Unused Heart

Totally Unused Heart is the first book in the second half of internationally- acclaimed, award-winning Canadian poet John B. Lee’s writing life. As such it brings together poems written over a period of the past two years and includes some of the best to date. As the author observes in an interview, “there is an increasing complexity... Read more »

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Wrapped Within Again

Robert Hilles’s fifteenth book, and twelfth book of poetry, continues his fas- cination with the complexities of daily life. For the first time in one volume readers are able to have the best poems spanning his career to date. Throughout this volume, the Governor General’s Award-winning poet writes poems that are at times philosophical, tender,... Read more »

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Leaving Footsteps

This anthology brings together the best poetry by southwestern Ontario women writers. The work includes engaging passages of poetic prose, long poems and short verse, all of which explore the imagination and interest in women’s thoughts, emotions and issues. These are writers who hail from small towns, farms and cities from Toronto south to Windsor.... Read more »

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Reading Like a Girl

In Reading Like a Girl, Rishma Dunlop explores themes of immigration, Punjabi Sikh heritage, suburban life in the late 1950s and 1960s, diasporic and hybrid identity, the construction of a life through reading literature, comic book heroes and postcolonial education. The poet creates a lush land- scape of contrasts and paradoxes, scenes that include women in saris... Read more »

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Robert Sward: The Collected Poems

“Robert Sward is the master of the logical incongruity – the very essence of sur- prise and delight in poetry. He is a compassionate storyteller who looks at life through the sincerity and profundity of genuine wit, always rising above the ordinary, the mundane and the despairing” from the introduction by Bruce Meyer. Robert Sward’s... Read more »

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The Farm on the Hill He Calls Home

With the publication of John B. Lee’s memoir of growing up on a farm in southwestern Ontario, Black Moss has launched its first title in its Settlements series, This is a series of books where Canadian artists reflect on the land, the neighbourhood and the “place” in their lives; thereby telling the story of this country.... Read more »

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