Poetry Books and Chapbooks
A courageous and beautifully written work weaving the imagined horrors of daily life in a mental ward and letters of hope to the outside world with real family reactions to the event.
In Titch, Kate Marshall Flaherty reaches the high point so far in her unique poetic career of travelling deeper into the world and into eternity through each grain of sand she encounters.
The Thing With Feathers takes you on an intimate journey of truth, transformation, and healing of spirit. From cherry blossom tree trunks to the shores of Georgian Bay, these poems evoke reverence, recalling past lives and ancestral Metis blood memory passed down from grandmothers.
~ Sarah Lewis, Poet Laureate, Peterborough ON
Dorothy Sjöholm has come as close to writing a seamless novel in verse form, or extended narrative poem in many parts, as any I have read in years, including Robin Robertson’s The Long Take, recently shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
Susie Whelehan: The Sky Laughs At Borders “Because words and rhythm are medicine covered by God’s Socialist Health Care Plan for Humanity”. Susie benefited from their healing powers and continues to work and play with them in doses large and small. She taught young...
Donna Langevin’s stunning poetry collection is indeed “brimming”—with tenderness and insight, benediction and bereavement. Odes—to brother, lover, sons and self, as well as daredevils—span from Quebec cabins to Niagara Falls barrels, from hospital beds to chambers of the heart.
Langevin explores “miracle-making” in the lives of the “broken beautiful” in heart-stings, heart attack, heartache and the gritty “what ifs” and “tumour talk.”
Through Painted Eyes is a beautiful collection. Through tender poetic snapshots and lush lyrical vignettes, Valentino Assenza takes us on a journey of memory that spans both generations and continents – where the old world of Sicilian shopkeepers merges with the modern, urban hustle of Toronto’s east end.
All This Blood folds us into Berg’s cyclic experiences, and we instantly see and feel the dynamic wonder of common humanity on display. Her reminiscence is our retrospection, or as Berg says herself, “history is the reason / I lead you to the edge.”
Bänoo Zan is a poet, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with more than 120 published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as two books. Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath, was reprinted in Iran in 2008. Songs of Exile, her first poetry collection, was released in 2016 in Canada by Guernica Editions.
Piquant Press was approached in early 2015 by Brandon Pitts and Nik Beat’s sister, Teresa Longley, about the possibility of publishing Nik’s poetry collection: AMAZING SECRET DREAMS. Brandon had been working on the collection with Nik at the time of Nik’s untimely death in the fall of 2014.
David Clink: If the World Were to Stop Spinning Sorry, but this book is out of print.
Susie Berg: How to Get Over YourselfSusie Petersiel Berg is a writer and editor. She is the author of the chapbook Paper Cuts (2007), and of The Starbucks Poetry Project (sber40.wix.com/ susieberg), an ongoing series of poems inspired by lines overheard at Starbucks....
Lara Bozabalian's poetry and prose have been published in newspapers, journals and two literary anthologies. She has featured at reading series and universities around Ontario, including the Art Bar, Harbourfront's Canadian Voices Slam, the Luminato 'New Waves'...
Barbara Hunt delivers contemporary bites of naked truth wrapped in a rich appealing texture by writing poetry, fiction and non-fiction from her home in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada. She has spent years writing features for her hometown monthly magazine, been published...
From the Foreword to where we are going I admire Kate Marshall Flaherty for several reasons: her generous spirit, quick wit, infectious good humour and remarkable poetry. But as I worked on this project and each poem percolated into my soul, I found myself on a...