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Celebration of Canadian Poetry

In 2015 Brick Books celebrated its 40th anniversary! For over 40 years we have been proud to published well-known poets such as Michael Ondaatje, Anne Carson, Dennis Lee, Robert Kroetsch and P.K. Page, in addition to publishing the first books of poets Karen Solie, Julie Bruck, Adam Dickinson, Sue Sinclair, Jan Zwicky, Phil Hall, Sue Goyette and Steven Price.

We chose to celebrate 40 years of publishing through a broad conversation about Canadian poetry!!

For more than a year we featured articles about Canadian poets and Canadian Poetry. With contributions from poets, novelists, teachers, publishers, booksellers, musicians, readers, doctors, media people, and more, The Celebration of Canadian Poetry was an opportunity to highlight the diversity and depth of poetry from across Canada by those who know it best.

Below you’ll find the collection of all the contributions published as part of the celebration.

August 26, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 87 – Méira Cook presented by Catherine Hunter

Short Note on reading Méira Cook’s “Easing the Spring” “Easing the Spring” is only one of my favourite poems in Méira Cook’s Monologue Dogs, but it’s the one that dogged me most with its familiar, tip-of-the-tongue title. Where, where, where, had I heard that line before? Many readers have praised…

August 26, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 87 – Robyn Sarah presented by Madhur Anand

Brick Books’ reach is wide, and while it’s extremely discerning as a publishing house, it makes all poets, established or aspiring, those they have published or those published by others, feel the love. It’s difficult to know where to begin with this celebration. There are many Brick books on my…

August 26, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 87 – Jillian Christmas presented by Leah Horlick, Anoushka Ratnarajah and Amber Dawn

Not-So-Secret Admiration: A Love Letter to Jillian Christmas Here to interrupt your regularly scheduled white-poet-loving-white-poet-in-a-wheat-field are Leah Horlick, Anoushka Ratnarajah, and Amber Dawn to celebrate the genius of Jillian Christmas. Jillian is a multi-time champion of the Women of the World Poetry Slam, a celebrated community organizer, and radiant poet…

August 18, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 86 – It Won’t Work by Don McKay

Prepared by Brick Books’ co-founder Don McKay on the occasion of the 25th anniversary celebration at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto in 2001 Recently another publisher asked me how Brick Books functions, and with my usual boyish enthusiasm, I attempted to give him a rundown of our little multi-editor, coast-to-coast, consensual, decentred,…

August 11, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 85 – Brick Books’ Poetry Map

Travel the world with our poetry map!! Listen to these authors share poems from faraway places!! Just click on one of the pins and you can hear their voices. Argentina – Brian Henderson Australia – Maureen Hynes Babylon – Tim Lilburn Bolivia – Eve Joseph Brazil – Jan Conn Chile…

August 11, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 85 – Jude Neale presented by Susanna Braund

Jude Neale’s latest poetry collection, Splendid in its Silence, delivers yet again what we expect from her: searing insights into relationships and experiences, articulated with full-on synesthesia, as Jude appeals to multiple senses with carefully crafted phrases, such as “aubergine veins”, “steel affability” and, from the brilliant “Wild Berry”: She…

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