Brick Book Club 2005


Habitat by Sue Wheeler

3rd book. “Who are you?” the author asks at the outset of her search for fresh and more telling names for the human in the lush natural landscape of her West Coast island home.

The Burning Alphabet by Barry Dempster

9th poetry collection.  “In The Burning Alphabet, mood, with all its elaborate subtleties and manifestations, both in sickness and in health, constitutes a metaphysics… I feel as though I’ve lived an entire inner life in these pages, wrenching, dark, and amazingly sweet.”  – Roo Borson

Souwesto Home by James Reaney

Fresh, youthful meditations on such diverse subjects as the Little Lakes near Stratford, Ontario, the flora of Elgin County, the Donnelly feud, lichens, a Department Store Jesus, and so on by renowned poet and playwright James Reaney.

The Sutler by Michael Kenyon

2nd poetry collection. In language at once simple and eloquent, Michael Kenyon’s The Sutler charts a falling and a rising, taking the reader through the grief of a failing relationship to the emergence of new possibility.

An Oak Hunch by Phil Hall

9th book.  Sometimes the poems of An Oak Hunch carry a narrative, sometimes they are leaping and lyrical, but they are all composed of word-music that connects the ear and the heart.  Finalist for the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Modern and Normal by Karen Solie

2nd book.  Karen Solie takes her on-the-road fascination with being between places to a new level, exploring conceptual and perceptual states of in-betweenness.

Inter Alia by David Seymour

1st book.  “these bright, confident poems approach the world carefully, but always with an engaging readiness to play.” – The Dominion

Lunar Drift by Marlene Cookshaw

5th book.  Marlene Cookshaw’s study of time is a lyric meditation on order and wilderness, in which the human construction of time becomes something against which our own lives are bent and measured.

Books Published in 2005