Jacob McArthur Mooney – Jake – writes the Vox Populism blog. In November and December he has reported his 10 favourite collections of poetry from the years 2000 to 2009 called “Knotting-Off the Aughts”. Jake is the author of The New Layman’s Almanac (McClelland & Stewart, 2008) and Vox Populism: chapbook (TERU, 2009).
3 of his 10 favourite books were published by Brick Books:
# 9 – Sue Goyette’s Undone (2004)
# 5 – Adam Dickinson’s Cartography and Walking (2002)
# 3 – Karen Solie’s Modern and Normal (2005)
He includes Dave O’Meara’s The Vicinity (2003) under “Knotting-Off: Honourable Mentions and Dishonourable Traits (Part 2 of 2).
Jake writes: “The breakdown by publishers is as follows: three from Brick Books, and one each from Insomniac, ECW, Anansi, Gaspereau, Vehicule, and Coach House. It’s been surprising to see Brick with so many, fully a third of the list so far. If I had been forced to name my favourite Canadian poetry brands before I started this project, I don’t know if they’d have cracked the top three. But the list surprises, and so there it is, pretty obviously placed a number one. It’s also notable that Brick is a somewhat rural publisher, at least in the context of its Toronto-centered industry.”
Here’s the best place to start to follow this project