Ask the River


Ask the River is a poetry collection situated in the cartography and rich history of Windsor; Robillard delivers tales of the quirks and history that make Windsor home. The collection seamlessly weaves stories of the past with the people of the present as it moves beyond the perceptions of time. This collection is a celebration of both Windsor’s 125th anniversary and Canada’s 150th. The poems within cater to all Canadians, from local Windsorites to indigenous groups, nostalgic adults, and curious readers.

Ask the River is No. 13 in the Black Moss Press First Lines Poetry series for writers who are publishing their first book of poetry.

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“In his first major collection, this poet remembers, imag- ines, dreams, ponders, and then offers us the gift of his experience.”

John B. Lee, Poet Laureate of the city of Brantford in perpetuity and Poet Laureate of Norfolk County for life

“Poems in Ask the River have a haunting quality of history that seems to breathe life into the present. They reveal a passion for nature in creative dimensions rarely experienced.”

Mary Ann Mulhern, author of The Red Dress


Denis Robillard currently lives in Windsor with his wife and children. He was born in Matheson, Ontario, but he has called Windsor home since 2000. He has trav- elled extensively and lived across Northern Ontario, from Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Algoma University, and went on to achieve a Bachelors in Education from Lakehead University. Robillard’s early years were spent work- ing in journalism, but he has taught English, French, and History since 1995. He currently teaches at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Windsor, Ontario. His poems have been published over 300 times in literary publica- tions across the world, including Canada, the US, England, and Scotland. This is his first book of poetry with Black Moss Press.

Additional information


Release: 2018
Pages: 84
Format: Paperback