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”


If you are interested in reviewing poetry for our blog, please email

Reviewable titles:

  • Auguries by Clea Roberts (Brick Books 2017)
  • Thin Air of the Knowable by Wendy Donawa (Brick Books 2017)
  • Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes by Jennifer LoveGrove (BookThug 2017)
  • To Love the Coming End by Leanne Dunic (BookThug 2017)
  • Inspecting Nostalgia by R. Kolewe (Talonbooks 2017)
  • Table Manners by Catriona Wright (Vehicule Press 2017)
  • No TV for Woodpeckers by Gary Barwin (Wolsak and Wynn 2017)
  • Dead White Men by Shane Rhodes (Coach House Books 2017)
  • Cemetery Compost by Murray Reiss (Frontenac House 2016)
  • The Witch of the Inner Wood: long collected poems by M. Travis Lane (edited by Shane Neilson) (Goose Lane Editions 2016)
  • Defending Darkness by Pamela Porter (Ronsdale Press 2016)
  • Acquired Communities by Jane Byers (Caitlin Press 2016)
  • Hiroshima: a Love War Story by Concetta Principe (Pedlar Press 2016)
  • Painter, Poet, Mountain: After Cézanne by Susan McCaslin (Quattro Books 2016)
  • Tell Them It Was Mozart by Angeline Schellenberg (Brick Books 2016)
  • Selah by Nora Gould (Brick Books 2016)
  • Disturbing the Buddha by Barry Dempster (Brick Books 2016)
  • Mediatio Placentae by Monty Reid (Brick Books 2016)
  • Apres Satie — for Two and Four Hands by Dean Steadman (Brick Books 2016)
  • Who Will Love the Crow by Miriam Dunn (Winter Goose Publishing 2016)
  • The Back Channels by Jennifer Houle (Signature Editions 2016)
  • Big Medicine Comes to Erie by D. A. Lockhart (Black Moss Press 2016)
  • Tight Wire by Kerry Gilbert (Mother Tongue Publishing 2016)
  • Waiting Room by Jennifer Zilm (BookThug 2016)
  • Ghost Town by Susan Telfer (Oolichan Books 2016)
  • Who Will Love the Crow by Miriam Dunn (Winter Goose Publishing 2016)
  • Deaf Heaven by Garry Gottfriedson (Ronsdale Press 2016)
  • Ignite by Kevin Spenst (Anvil Press 2016)
  • All the Gold Hurts my Mouth by Katherine Leyton (Goose Lane Editions 2016)
  • Could You Please, Please Stop Singing by Sabyasachi Nag (Mosaic Press 2016)
  • Looking for Light by Susan Ioannou (Hidden Brook Press 2016)
  • Happy You Are Here by Ayaz Pirani (The Word Works 2016)

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 to include the book in our list of reviewable titles.

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