Winner of the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award
Agnes in the Sky is a book of poetry seen through the eyes of a Mennonite in a not-so-Mennonite world. Coming to terms with her past, author Di Brandt explores the love between parents and lovers, family relationships, childhood abuse, desire, longing, and the universe at large.
A theatre audience sees only the drama and meaning of the performance on stage. The narrator of Kimmy Beach's second poetry collection, Alarum Within, has a different tale to tell - not only of backstage encounters with overwrought set designers and pushy stage mothers at a small college theatre, but of illness, addiction, and identity.
Making awareness into language is the act that binds the elements of Sally Ito’s newest collection of poetry, Alert to Glory. Whether the focus is on parenting, biblical texts, or on creativity itself, Ito discerns the moment in which the word might become wondrous—moments when the mind-bell is struck dumb, and the hollow fills with shuddering sound, agog with itself.
Animal Choir is a carefully orchestrated chapbook of poems, musically connected through song and sound. The book’s four parts are divided like sheet music—the opening poems of “Part Songs” are the staff lines which hold the book together. From camp to carving to collars, the sounds penetrate the deepest of memories.
Animal Walk is a jamboree of human voice sung in chorus with all species. Paddle through sparkling lakes and walk across pine-needled forest floors in this collection of 48 poems about nature, humanity and language at play.
Finalist for the Victoria Book Prize
Apologetic’s poems experiment with expressing thoughts and emotions in formal poetic traditions, confining words to metrical lines or rhyme schemes. Many deal with the natural world, moments in time spent outdoors, in gardens, and capturing fleeting impressions in the human experience.
Lines are drawn so they might be crossed. Lines on buildings and lines on the ground. Anna Synenko's haunting chapbook, Architectural Secrets, travels to the far corners of the Earth and then beyond. Each city, each village, each hamlet holds its own guidelines for building and creating.
Lyric poet Patrick Friesen’s collection of new and selected poems shares stand-out moments of his life—from leaving the Mennonite Community to late-night trysts in Copenhagen in search of the perfect tattoo.
Some unfortunate news ignites the fire that begins this heroic journey told beautifully in verse. It is an ode to loss, but more so a celebration of life. Breathing November is Tanis MacDonald’s ode to the friends she loses to the HIV virus. After a close friend tests positive with the disease, MacDonald joins him on the journey of the last seven years of his life, documenting the memories in this beautiful chapbook that is endearing and tender.