Poets and poetry lovers reviewing poetry
Reviewed by Elana Wolff Titch by Kate Marshall Flaherty Piquant Press, 2023 144 pages, $20.00 ISBN: 9781927396285 The poems in Kate Marshall Flaherty’s sixth collection, Titch, abide between sacred light and enduring beauty-scarred, whole and restored. These are poems that face the world-its natural wonders and human challenges, with strength and reverence; that openly welcome…Read More
Reviewed by Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews Circle Tour by Eva Tihanyi (Inanna Publications, 2023) They say an image is worth a thousand words: passion, the heart, a woman’s life journey, her gift of words, endurance and her resolve against life’s decohering forces: the cover art of Eva Tihanyi’s poetry collection Circle Tour, perfectly prefaces with allegory…Read More
Reviewed by Pearl Pirie Orion Sweeping by Anne Marie Todkill (Brick Books)8.75 x 5.75 Inches | 88 PagesPublication Date: April 1, 2022Trade Paperback ISBN:9781771315692 Orion Sweeping by Anne Marie Todkill has a cover of a pen and ink fox and moon by Arthur Balitskiy I’d consider framing. Divided into four self-explanatory sections: “Earth”, “Air”, “Familia”,…Read More
Reviewed by Rion Levy Casa de mi Corazón: A Travel Journal of Poetry and Memoir by Lindsay Soberano-Wilson In her small but packed Casa de mi Corazón, we watch Lindsay Soberano-Wilson grow up and into herself. She mainly concerns herself with the question of identity and how it shapes belonging. The first half of the…Read More
Reviewed by Stephen Morrissey ineffable, The Mystical Poems by Edwin Varney (The Poem Factory, Courtenay, BC, 2022). 14 pages. ISBN: 978-1-895593-57-0 Back in 1977, I reviewed Edwin Varney’s Human Nature (1974), published in CV II (Vol. 3, no. 2); it was my first published book review. And here I am, so many years later, reviewing Edwin Varney’s new…Read More
Reviewed by Louise Carson Timed Radiance, by Donna Langevin (Aeolus House, 2022). There are many examples of fine language in this collection of poems that have (mostly) been written as a summation of one poet’s long life. So, I’ll be presenting a lot of quotes. The first one comes from the first poem ‘Even with…Read More
Reviewed by Louise Carson somewhere still in wind the tree is bending by Bob MacKenzie (Silver Bow Publishing, New Westminster, 2018). The tree is on the front cover, a weathered and twisted bonsai-shaped thing, growing out of rock. The title slows me right down; is why I chose to review the book. And you know,…Read More
Reviewed by Louise Carson Hell-Box by Peter Taylor (Frog Hollow Press, 2020). As the first note at the end of this chapbook explains, “A hell-box is a receptacle for damaged or discarded type.” As a title for anything, Hell-Box rocks. And it hints that the contents will be wildly assorted. They are. But the voice…Read More
Reviewed by Louise Carson The Negation of Chronology: Imagining Geraldine Moodie, Rebecca Luce-Kapler (Inanna, 2020). I knew after I’d read the forward, that I’d be interested in the material covered by Rebecca Luce-Kapler in The Negation of Chronology. I’d just finished reading Molly Peacock’s Flower Diary, a biography of American/Canadian painter Mary Hiester Reid…Read More
Reviewed by Michael Edwards Rags of Night in Our Mouths by Margo Wheaton (MQUP, 2022) I. Margo Wheaton’s second poetry collection, Rags of Night in Our Mouths, takes the form of a place-based memoir, presented in three ghazal sequences. In what the book’s jacket describes as a “Maritime gothic,” the work is set in areas…Read More
Poet Ambassador in Residence
The League is thrilled to announce our inaugural Poet Ambassador in Residence, Tara Borin! During their term from November 2023 through to March 2024, Tara will host virtual drop-ins, writing workshops, events, and more! Tara Borin lives in the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Dawson City, Yukon. They are the author of The Pit (Nightwood Editions, 2021).
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