Brick Book Club 2007
Going Around with Bachelors by Agnes Walsh
2nd book. The spirit of the departed – source, origin, heritage, history – is the essence of this book, rich with the tang of Newfoundland speech. Includes a bonus CD of Agnes reading a selection of her poems. Agnes is poet laureate of St. John’s, Newfoundland
Combustion by Lorri Neilsen Glenn
2nd book. Lorri Neilsen Glenn’s poems welcome the reader into a place where the strange is made familiar and the familiar reveals its own magic. Lorri is poet laureate of Halifax.
Torch River by Elizabeth Philips
4th poetry collection. Sylvia Legris says “Torch River is a shimmery ‘weaving of what is seen/with what is imagined.’…”
All Our Wonder Unavenged by Don Domanski
9th poetry book. Mark Strand says about this collection – “Each poem, beautiful, bewitching, unfolds with crystalline clarity and with a music that is both lush and subtle. Don Domanski’s poems are intimate, but intimate on a grand scale. As far as I am concerned, there is no better poet writing in English.”
Two Hemispheres by Nadine McInnis
5th poetry book. Nadine McInnis describes her first encounter with the remarkable photographs that intersperse this moving volume of poetry. Patients of the Surrey County Lunatic Asylum in the mid nineteenth-century, these women’s names and stories are lost to history. But in an act of recovery, in several senses of the word, McInnis gives them life and depth and character. The result is a deeply honest, compassionate and moving work, one informed by personal, social and medical history.
Thin Moon Psalm by Sheri Benning
2nd book. Rapt, musical, passionately engaged, the fierce and delicate poems in this collection move towards their own inner stillness, while also bearing witness to the power of relatedness – to family, lovers, and the prairie landscape itself.
Woodshedding by S.E. Venart
First book. Woodshedding, a blues term for arduous private rehearsal/practice, is here adapted to the craft of poetry. These poems, which grow out of a period of solitude, will appeal to the introspective reader wrestling with how to proceed with honesty and strength in the wake of first losses.