Archive for December, 2009

Top 5 of 2009

In the spirit of other poetry related blogs counting down their favorite collections of 2009, I thought I’d add my own top 5. Technically, this is a list of Canadian collections, as I’m unqualified to rank 2009’s international poetry releases (having read few of them). Without further ado, my preferences:

1. Carmine Starnino – This Way Out (Gaspereau Press)
2. Jason Guriel – Pure Product (Vehicule Press)
3. Shane Neilson – Meniscus (Biblioasis)
4. Tonja Gunvaldsen Klassen – Lean-To (Gaspereau Press)
5. Zach Wells – Track & Trace (Biblioasis)

Honorable Mention: Joe Denham – Windstorm (Nightwood Editions)

December 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

ARC 63

Swing over to ARC Poetry Magazine‘s website to check out my Readers’ Choice Award winning poem Canadian Gothic. While I’m not huge on the Readers’ Choice Award concept, I’m delighted that Canadian Gothic was also picked as an editor’s choice by Anita Lahey. 

It’s a pleasure to be a part of ARC 63 as it includes poems from some of my favorite Canadian writers: Shane Neilson, Ian Williams and Patricia Young. It also features a review of my favorite book of 2009: Carmine Starnino’s This Way Out, and an essay by the always dynamic Zach Wells on Robyn Sarah.


December 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

Sandy Pool’s Exploding into Night

Some pre-press on Sandy Pool’s first collection of poetry, Exploding into Night, was recently added at Open Book Toronto. She discusses the new book, her penchant for murder and spending romantic evenings with her writing!

Join her for the official launch of Exploding into Night at 2 pm on Sunday, December 6th  at Bar Italia. 

December 4, 2009 at 1:37 am Leave a comment


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