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The World is Always Being Born: Review of Blood Rises by David Haskins

Reviewed by Patricia Keeney Blood Rises by David Haskins (Guernica Editions. 2020) At the breathless top of the world along…
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Review: sfumato by David Stones

Reviewed by Kamal Parmar sfumato by David Stones (Blue Moon Publishing, 2021)   In the book sfumato, the poet David…
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What can be disentangled from language by Bahar Orang

Canthius celebrates poetry and prose by women, trans men, non-binary, Two-Spirit, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming writers, and these poems were chosen…
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Fall Webinar: Sept 24, 2021 – Using Canva to Support your Poetry Career

Join League staff in discussing how Canva can help you to create professional and impressive designs in support of your…
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Just Cross: a review of Windfor by Allan Briesmaster

Reviewed by Louise Carson Windfor by Allan Briesmaster, Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, 2021 As I was curious about the origin of…
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There’s Art In Dying: a Review of Uncharted by Sabyasachi Nag

Reviewed by Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews Sabyasachi Nag. Uncharted. Toronto, Ontario: Mansfield Press, 2020. Whether in the animal kingdom or amongst…
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An Appreciation: review of Mirrors and Windows by Anna Yin

Reviewed by John Robert Colombo Very seldom these days do avid and adventurous readers come across a volume that meets…
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Review: Walking Across The Day by d.n. simmers

Reviewed by Michael Edwards Walking Across The Day by d.n simmers, New Westminster, BC: Silver Bow Publishing, 2020. Vancouver poet…
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Strange Ways: a review of The Hammer of Witches by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back

Reviewed by By Louise Carson The Hammer of Witches by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, Dagger Editions, 2020   One of the…
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Final Breaths on the Tongue: Review of Gianna Patriarca’s To the Men Who Write Goodbye Letters

Reviewed by Renée M. Sgroi Gianna Patriarca’s latest poetry collection, To the Men Who Write Goodbye Letters (Inanna, 2020) balances…
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Review: The Dance Between: Poems About Women by Susan Ioannou

Review by Kate Marshall Flaherty first published in Verse Afire, January 2021.   The Dance Between: Poems About Women by…
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Review: For the Love of Lazaros by Susan Ioannou

Reviewed by Ronnie R. Brown first published in Verse Afire, January 2020.   For the Love of Lazaros by Susan…
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Review: The Other Life by Pat Connors

Reviewed by Jeevan Bhagwat In his debut poetry collection, The Other Life (Mosaic Press, 2021), Patrick Conners takes us on…
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Review: A Near Memoir: New Poems by Penn Kemp

Reviewed by Katerina Fretwell A Near Memoir: New Poems, Penn Kemp's elegant chapbook, features her father's portrait of her at…
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Review of Niagara & Government, by Phil Hall

Reviewed by Marguerite Pigeon “I have compounded another thingamajig,” exclaims Phil Hall partway through his recent collection, Niagara & Government…
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A Guide to LCP Communications for Members

Getting Involved with the League: Communications Overview We love to support our members in every way we can! Here is…
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Remembering Fraser Sutherland

Fraser was one of the first supportive people I met in the literary community many years ago. The scene was…
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Remembering Mick Burrs

Mick Burrs (Steven Michael Berzensky) 1940 -2021 For more than three decades we would run into each other at poetry…
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Remembering Heather Spears

  Heather was a fine and caring person, a wonderful poet, a light of shining energy. I'll certainly miss her…
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Many Shadows, review of In the Shadow of Vimy: Poems, New and Selected, Stewart Donovan, The Nashwaak Press, 2021

Reviewed by Louise Carson We know right away after reading the first poem of In the Shadow of Vimy that…
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League of Canadian Poets’ statement of support and call to action regarding the 215 children found buried at Kamloops Indian Residential School

The League of Canadian poets stands in mourning alongside Indigenous communities as they grieve the lives of 215 children whose bodies were found buried at the site of the…
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Review: Me, You, Then Snow by Khashayar Mohammadi

Reviewed by Kate Rogers   The poems in Khashayar Mohammadi’s new poetry collection, Me, You, Then Snow, skillfully evoke the…
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2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award Winner: Noor Naga – Washes, Prays (McClelland & Stewart)

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award: Noor Naga – Washes, Prays (McClelland & Stewart)! Thank…
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2021 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award Winner: Bertrand Bickersteth – The Response of Weeds (NeWest Press)

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2021 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award: Bertrand Bickersteth – The Response of Weeds (NeWest Press)!…
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2021 Raymond Souster Award Winner: Ian Williams – Word Problems (Coach House)

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2021 Raymond Souster Award: Ian Williams – Word Problems (Coach House)! Thank you to…
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2021 Book Awards: Winners!

The League of Canadian Poets is proud to present the 2021 Book Awards Winners, including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award,…
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Uncharted: Sabyasachi Nag Uncovers New Territory

reviewed by Pat Connors There are certain canonical books to which I always return, as they have an almost scriptural…
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Review: Poisonous If Eaten Raw by Alyda Faber

Reviewed by John Vardon Ever since my mother died almost two years ago, memories of her surface into consciousness at…
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Ask a Longlister: Is there a sentence you would consider living in?

We asked the poets longlisted for the 2021 Book Awards some questions about their writing lives, inspirations and -of course…
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10 Recent Poetry Titles by Queer Poets in Canada

by Emily Schimp for National Poetry Month 2021 Coconut by Nisha Patel (April 2021, NeWest Press) Canadian National Slam Champion,…
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