reviews“Poets are the hierophants of an unapprehended inspiration; the mirrors of the gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present; the words which express what they understand not; the trumpets which sing to battle, and feel not what they inspire; the influence which is moved not, but moves. Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “A Defence of Poetry”


As part of our ongoing efforts to promote and engage poets and poetry across Canada, the League of Canadian Poets is hoping to create a reviews series hosted here on our Community page. In time, we would like to develop a dedicated network of writers and reviewers who want to support and discuss the cool new projects coming to life every day in CanLit. We all know poetry doesn’t get a lot of space (or love) in mainstream review outlets, although literary magazines, blogs, and lots of online platforms are going to great lengths to keep poetry criticism alive and well. We figure it’s about time we contribute! If you are interested in reviewing poetry for our blog, please email

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Or consider reviewing a book by one of our new members!

The reviews we’re looking for do not need to be previously unpublished, and reviewers do not need to be members of the League. As it stands, we are currently looking for volunteer reviewers. It’s a small, small poetry world out there, and we know there’s a large chance reviewers have met the poet they’re reviewing at least once, so we want to embrace that: friends, review friends! Publishers, review your own books! Discuss, discuss, discuss–as long as you disclose your connections and keep your writing transparent. We’re looking for reviews that speak to the reviewer’s personal experience with the book, but we’re also looking for reviews that can connect a book with other legacies, initiatives, and creators in CanLit. We would like reviews to be of books published approximately within one year of the review date. Please email with questions, queries, or submissions!

League members with new books should e-mail with a link to the publisher’s website.

View our reviews archive here.