Bruce Recommends

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The Last Temptation of Bond by Kimmy Beach

If you like your martinis dry, and your poetry wet, as in sweaty, steamy, and sexy, Kimmy Beach’s The Last Temptation of Bond, as in Bond, James Bond, is your book.

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Kimmy's website:
kimmybeach.com


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Tracie’s Revenge by Wade Bell

Bell’s authenticity and artistry carried me through darkness and light towards a crescendo in two brilliant final stories.

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The Calgary Project: A City Map in Verse and Visual
edited by Kris Demeanor, Dymphny Dronyk

That’s my hometown - scrappy, irrepressible, driven, and batty with optimism, as good as Toronto, or Sandburg’s Chicago.

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Blue Skies Poetry's website:
blueskiespoetry.ca


Yes. by Rosemary Griebel

Griebel explores the nuances of humanity, of family and home, and of homelessness, in poetry that moves deftly from past to present, rural to urban, from the earthly to the metaphysical.

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The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel by Katherine Govier

Govier captures the intrigue and adventure that drew people a hundred years ago and continues to draw them today.

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Katherine's website:
govier.com


7 Ways To Sunday - Stories by Lee Kvern

In story after story, Kvern’s compassion shines whether it’s for an HR manager at a grocery chain, a stock boy or a lonely bachelor Mountie.

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Lee's website:
leekvern.com


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Whirr & Click by Micheline Maylor

Maylor’s agile mind is married to a fierce heart; together, they capture an enviable range of human passions.

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Micheline's website:
michelinemaylor.com


Dog Days by Bruce Meyer

Sweet as this book is, there is not a “cute” bone in the treat jar here.

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Incarnate by Juleta Severson-Baker

Severson- Baker’s musical language and dexterous rhythms move unselfconsciously from poems about her body, whether in childbirth or orgasm, to a lover’s body, to her children, to the mountains and to a river she ingests “as a snake takes a venomous toad.”

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Folding the Wilderness Within by Joan Shillington

If Raymond Carver's daughter had been a poet, what might she have written? Shillington hints at the possibilities....

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Joan's Website:
joanshillington.com


The Grey Islands by John Steffler

The Grey Islands is more than a portrait of the rugged Newfoundland landscape, it’s about the people: for one, Leonard Quinton, who looms large in Steffler’s narrative.

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Birds, Metal, Stone & Rain by Russel Thorton

There is much joy here, reflection too, and memory, and sometimes melancholy, but never regret. This is one
wise poet.

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36 Cornelian Avenue by Chris Wiseman

Wiseman’s succinct craft and emotional courage means we trust him completely as we trek the English countryside during the war and years after.

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