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.
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.
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.
Dog Days by Bruce Meyer
Sweet as this book is, there is not a “cute” bone in the treat jar here.
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.”
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.
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
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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.