The Flame: Poems and Selections From NotebooksRegular price $22.00
The final work from Leonard Cohen, Canada's most celebrated poet and an artist whose audience spans generations and whose work is known and loved throughout the world.
The Flame is a stunning collection of Leonard Cohen's last poems, selected and ordered by the author in the final months of his life. Featuring lyrics, prose pieces, and illustrations, the book also contains an extensive selection from Cohen's notebooks, which he kept in poetic form throughout his life, and offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist and thinker.
An enormously powerful final chapter in Cohen's storied literary career, The Flame showcases the full range of Leonard Cohen's lyricism, from the exquisitely transcendent to the darkly funny. By turns devastatingly sad and winningly strange, these are the works of a poet and lyricist who set out to explore our darkest questions and came back wanting, yearning for more.
tendRegular price $20.00
Visceral and playful, tend reflects the intimate awkwardness of modern life. Hargreaves’ latest collection explores feelings of being distanced from loved ones, physically and emotionally; striving to be better (at chores, at intimacy); and tending to the things that fracture.
These poems are anchored in the body, straining the edges of spaces that bodies and language inhabit: between sealing in and digging out; restlessness and isolation; memory and planning for the future; gaps in texts and reiterations. tend is an immersive work, as validating as it is illuminating.
Praise for tend:
“These poems are an elegant romp through tangled city gardens and teeming waste bins of memory and human consciousness. The domestic realm is a wilderness, a trash heap, a broken string of pearls. All at once, this beautiful book is the milky crystal on the green chain, the broken eggshell in your compost, the lost slipper through a rotten board. tend takes your hand.” —Shannon Bramer, author of Precious Energy
“Clever and controlled, tend grounds you in the gross and astounding musculature of language, and doesn’t skimp on the viscera. The poems in this collection gather and sing to the ways in which we tend to ourselves, to the world, and to others—and how so often these messy, generous acts bleed together. Through rituals, commands, instructions, and advice, Hargreaves expertly engages a variety of tactics and wields a distinct yet collective lyrical voice with a scalpel-like precision. I felt like I lived in the body of every poem, and every poem lived in the specific, chaotic detritus of the world.” —Domenica Martinello, author of All Day I Dream About Sirens
“tend is a master class in poetic restraint. Hargreaves’ brilliance lies in her ability to cleave poems to their core, to ‘strip words/like veins from a leg/or bones from a fish.’ She is ruthless in her delivery—stacks lines together like kindling for a fire, drops a lit match and walks away, leaving the reader to smoulder.” —Adrienne Gruber, author of Q & A
“tend is an apiary of lists buzzing with to-dos that lilt and tilt. Hargreaves skillfully merges a miscellany of terms and quicksilver minutes into a work of persistence. Day-to-day knickknacks slip next to gentle warnings and medical debris. A work full of mettle.” —Christine McNair, author of Charm
“tend is an optimistic and occasionally joyful collection of dark complexities, centred around care, from self-care to gardening, and the ways in which we wish to interact with the wonderfully complex and convoluted worlds of nature, other humans, poems and ourselves. Hargreaves utilizes rhythm throughout the poems assembled here that is quite interesting, allowing a breathless, halting or otherwise propulsive patter to further her poems as much as anything involving language, meaning or purpose.” —rob mclennan, periodicities : a journal of poetry and poetics
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Kate Hargreaves is the author of the poetry collection, Leak, as well as Jammer Star, a roller derby novel for young readers, and Talking Derby, a book of prose vignettes. She holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, where she received the Governor General’s Gold Medal in Graduate Studies. Her work has appeared in literary journals across Canada, the US, and the UK. As a book designer for numerous Canadian presses, Hargreaves has received honours from the Alcuin Society for Excellence in Book Design, the CBC Bookie Awards, and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. She grew up in Amherstburg, Ontario, and lives and works in Windsor.
Healing Through Words | rupi kaurRegular price $29.99
#1 New York Times bestselling author Rupi Kaur presents guided poetry writing exercises of her own design to help you explore themes of trauma, loss, heartache, love, family, healing, and celebration of the self.
Healing Through Words is a guided tour on the journey back to the self, a cathartic and mindful exploration through writing.
This carefully curated collection of exercises asks only that you be vulnerable and honest, both with yourself and the page.
You don’t need to be a writer to take this walk; you just need to write—that’s all.
Detours: An Anthology of Poets from Windsor & Essex CountyRegular price $19.95
An anthology of poets from Windsor & Essex County showcasing the eclecticism that characterizes the region: the traditional and experimental, the academy and community, the established and emergent, the internationally renowned and promising apprentice. A rich literary heritage, Detours pays tribute to such luminaries as Bronwen Wallace, Di Brandt, Joyce Carol Oates, Marty Gervais, and Phil Hall, while highlighting work by emerging poets such as Alex Gayowsky, Dani Couture, Darryl Whetter, Kate Hargreaves, and Robert Earl Stewart.
Best Canadian Poetry 2021Regular price $22.95
“This is a book,” writes guest editor Souvankham Thammavongsa, “about what I saw and read and loved, and want you to see and read and love.” Selected from work published by Canadian poets in magazines and journals in 2020, Best Canadian Poetry 2021 gathers the poems Thammavongsa loved most over a year’s worth of reading, and draws together voices that “got in and out quickly, that said unusual things, that were clear, spare, and plain, that made [her] laugh out loud … the voices that barely ever survive to make it onto the page.” From new work by Canadian icons to thrilling emerging talents, this year’s anthology offers fifty poems for you to fall in love with as well.
Nina Philomena Honorat
George K Ilsley
M Travis Lane
Mary Dean Lee
Zoe Imani Sharpe
Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang
David Ezra Wang
milk and honey | rupi kaurRegular price $19.99
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#1 New York Times bestseller milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.
The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
Aorta | ChapbookRegular price $15.00
"The heart. Beats."
Hanan Hazime's chapbook "Aorta" searches every definition of heart, explores the meaning and method of the object and the symbol, hoping to find an answer to the way pain and pleasure digs its way into people. Hazime re-maps the heart, re-explores the rhythms, and leaves the reader listening to their own heart beat.
ThimblesRegular price $18.95
In this heart-wrenching collection, Vanessa Shields chronicles the life of her Nonna, Maria, from her origins as a seamstress in Italy to her eventual death from dementia. These raw, prosaic poems thread together grief, memory, loss, and love into a conversation that speaks across pages, years, and oceans. Shields bravely interrogates her own feelings of guilt, grief, and curiosity with unflinching precision. As she attempts to navigate and accept Nonna’s decline, Shields takes on the role of witness as she excavates the larger narrative that is her Nonna’s legacy. Thimbles is a courageous celebration of the transformative power of love across generations.
Praise for Thimbles
Shields has an ear for the ocean, the fugitive word, insect symphonies and the luscious unsaid. Thimbles is a beautiful blaze of a book, a paean to generations of gently brave women, but, most of all, an unforgettable tribute to the gospel of Nonna.—Kyo Maclear
Whisky Sour CityRegular price $16.95
Sex, love, alcohol and pollution are on tap within these pages. Whisky Sour City is a collection of poetry written by people who have experienced both the sour and the sweet of Windsor, Ontario. The rich sense of history, community and family in this book is enticing, and the humour and sense of southwestern Ontario are welcoming. This book is a celebration, a memory and an invasion to readers to call a toast to he unique city that is Windsor, Ontario.
First I Fold The MountainRegular price $18.95
In this new book, Terry Ann Carter, a poet and paper artist, and the author of six collections of poetry, we see a writer and an artist grappling and celebrating life’s grand mysteries surrounding language and love, and aging. Writer Kate Braid says, “With the delicacy of lacework and finely folded paper … Terry Ann Carter’s poems show us the world through a magnifying glass.” And Governor General Award Winning poet Robert Hilles says, ‘these poems celebrate the imagination and the intimate and tangible moments of truth.”
There Will Be FishRegular price $18.95
Words and images are innumerable. They are like fish, varied in size and species. They serve a purpose — to feed and to nurture. They swim circles around us. They bewilder and they beguile and, most often, their beauty and their mystery strike us with awe and wonderment.
There Will Be Fish is Peter Hrastovec’s third volume of poetry. It is a celebration of life’s constant joys – family and friendship, travel and discovery, the icons who inspire and stir our souls.
This is eclectic writing covering many themes and locales as diverse as baseball stadiums, jazz clubs, a doctor’s office, or scenes from the street. Penned both abroad and at home, this collection of poems draws upon recent events and journeys — pre—pandemic travels to Croatia and the glorious islands of Dalmatia, road trips into the U.S. and the pleasures and pitfalls of cottaging in his native Ontario.
Here, you will find humour – memories of first dates, tussles with technology and the finer points of skinny dipping – and pathos – honouring memories of loved ones as in a father who shares the painful news of the death of a child). The tension and isolation that has gripped the world these last two years were unprecedented.
The pause in civilization’s ongoing march has afforded an opportunity for this poet/lawyer to sit back and take stock of those things that are truly vital. Whether it is the act of observing nature’s serenity, celebrating a coveted baseball legend, or embracing music and art in all their manifestations, Hrastovec has constructed personal reflections with language and images meant to draw and catch the reader’s attention.
InheritanceRegular price $18.95
All night in his lifeboat my father sang
to keep the voices of the other men
who cried in the wreckage from reaching him,
he sang what he knew of the requiem,
of the hit parade and the bits of hymns,
he sang until he would never sing again,
scalding his raw throat with sea-water
until his ribs heaved, until the salt
wept from his eyes on dry land,
flecked at his lips in his squalling rages,
streaked the sheets in his night sweats
as night after night the reassembled ship
scattered its parts on the shore of his bed,
and the lifeboat eased him out again
to drown each night among singing men.
Inspired by a shipwreck endured by her father during the Second World War, and by his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and eventual suicide, Inheritance is a powerful poetic debut by the winner of the 2013 Boston ReviewFiction Contest and The Malahat Review Far Horizons Award.
Praise for Inheritance
“Powell’s poems are full of lively vignettes in which realism strikes lyrical sparks off harshness.”—Times Literary Supplement
“[Powell’s] description is beautiful and tender…the land of elegy overlaps the land of dream.”—The Fiddlehead
“Powerful … full of dark nostalgia.”—Nathan Englander
ERE | PoetryRegular price $16.00
Bound tête-bêche (head-to-toe, like reversible bilingual books), ERE creates a strange loop of regret & reflection.
Simina Banu is a Canadian poet whose interests lie at the intersection of consumerism, technology and mental health. In 2020, she published her debut full-length collection, POP (Coach House Books), which won the 2021 ReLit Award for poetry. She has published several other chapbooks: where art (words(on)pages), Tomorrow, adagio (above/ground), and harmony in Beach Foam (Anstruther Press).
Amilcar John Nogueira is a poet and settler from Windsor, Ontario. They received their MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. Their short story “Felix and the Light” won the 2018 Canadian Authors Association Niagara Region 10 Stories High Contest. ERE is their first chapbook.
Moe's Skin | ChapbookRegular price $15.00
"Ticker taped by rain we strode,
counting down to the promised flood:
two boys dipped in the absurd;
two mystery men in blue."
Khashayar Mohammadi’s vivid and rhythmic poetry sequence paints a doomed affair between two young Iranian men through a haze of jazz, liquor, and an oncoming flood. Mohammadi weaves together images of self-discovery, immigration, and tradition to create an exploration of emotion which is cigarette scented and blue stained in its beauty. Teeming with life and motion, Mohammadi’s verse beats with the visceral pulse of having loved and the faith that you will love again.
All The Great And Terrible | ChapbookRegular price $15.00
Whose version of history gets told? What interpretation of truth makes it into our consciousness? Jon R. Flieger’s "all the great and terrible" explores these questions anchored in the life of William Wallace Denslow, Wizard of Oz illustrator and self-proclaimed King Denslow I of Denslow Island. The work blends biography, lyricism, and image; it incorporates crossing out, overlapping, and intersecting text into a polyvalent inquiry of what it means to write and rewrite history.
Preparing Dinosaurs For Mass Extinction | ChapbookRegular price $15.00
"your ashes have been reassembled into your descendants.
[…]the birds lift your blood
while taking flight"
Some people bury their grief; Rena Su excavates hers, digging up bone after bone to assemble the skeletons of the dead. In "Preparing Dinosaurs for Mass Extinction," Su explores death as an extinction event that buries the living as well as the dead. Read as Su digs herself out, examining the monuments we create to the dead, observing how memories turn to sand with their bodies, and sending fruitless warnings back through time.
Rena Su is a writer from Vancouver(ish) and writes a little too frequently about dinosaurs, cyborgs, and offbeat pop culture references. Her work has been recognized by the Pulitzer Centre, The Poetry Society of UK, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, among others. When not writing, Rena enjoys coding impractical things, watching documentaries, and playing the ukulele. She thanks you for stumbling across the vast expanses of the literary world and landing on her debut chapbook.
Undead Juliet At The Museum | ChapbookRegular price $15.00
"First we deprive the host of lilac
And turmeric until her antibodies
Dwindle and shrink"
A body at war is a beautiful terrible thing, a body at war with itself even more so. Both grotesque and picturesque, Amy LeBlanc’s "Undead Juliet at the Museum" laces together the weight of isolation, a healthy skepticism of “miracle cures”, and portraits of the “monstrous” women who have come before into a folkloric rendering of one woman’s journey with chronic illness. The delicate bodies of LeBlanc’s poems leave the reader with an ache in their ribs and a taste for the sublime.
Amy LeBlanc is the Managing Editor at filling Station magazine. Amy’s debut poetry collection, "I know something you don’t know" (Gordon Hill Press 2020) was long listed for the 2021 ReLit Award and was selected as a finalist for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. Her novella, "Unlocking," was published by the University of Calgary Press in June 2021. Her work has appeared in Room, CV2, PRISM International, and the Literary Review of Canada among others. Amy is a recipient of the 2020 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award and has been a finalist for an Alberta Magazine Publishers’ Association showcase award for poetry. "Undead Juliet at the Museum" is her third chapbook.
Repeater | ChapbookRegular price $15.00
"I enter the lighthouse
megalamp beam loop. There is care in illumination. I think illumination
is loving. I think
I’m sweeping for something
in the wide hidden ocean."
In Cristina Holman’s "Repeater," words are both escape from and reinforcement of anxieties. Holman navigates through thought loops constant and unending, and images that return back over and over. Fear is at the forefront, but by the end this fear is a pathway out, is washed away as we are washed away by the words.
Cristina Holman lives and writes on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She was a participant in the 2017/18 Artspeak Studio for Emerging Writers and the 2018 Banff Centre Emerging Writers Intensive. Her debut chapbook, published with Artspeak Gallery in 2018, is titled "Stop Wincing/We’re Fine". Her work can be found in Bad Nudes magazine and Poetry is Dead.
Metis Head Birth And One Hundred Heads Hydra | ChapbookRegular price $15.00
"I am twenty six but still
unborn my umbilical cord a root
when I’m ready slice release
me into our one dream"
From the streets of Selkirk to the “malevolent prairie,” Shawn Adrian’s Metis "head birth & one hundred heads hydra" merges mythology, religion, and the Manitoba landscape to explore the slice of life of its narrator. Adrian leans into the land’s uneasiness and violence seeking moments of peace and calm, those “highs/ lined with laughter.” In these poems, Adrian shows spaces where we can find resilience.
Shawn Adrian is a Metis writer currently living in Selkirk, Manitoba. In 2018, he graduated from The University of Winnipeg, where he worked toward a B.A. in English with a specialization in creative writing. During his time in university, he received the Joan Baragar Scholarship in English. He was also selected for the Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program by the Manitoba Writers Guild. Among other identities, he’s been called a student, an athlete, an employee, a friend, an uncle, a brother, and a son.
Bottle Rockets | ChapbookRegular price $15.00
Some boys howl. Some boys wake up in liquor stained hotel rooms. Some boys find themselves bathed in neon. And some boys don’t. "bottle rockets," a chapbook by Orlando based writer Ryan Skaryd, weaves a non traditional coming of age narrative which confronts the crafting of self within the queer community and today’s volatile cultural climate. From childhood bathroom, to college dorm bed, to club entrances; Skaryd paints an evocative portrait of the oft messy and always electric road one walks to settle into their own skin.