Brick Book Club 2011
JENNIFER STILL – WINNIPEG – GIRLWOOD
A book-length series of long, linked poems mythologizing notions of self and place as they relate to the author’s girlhood experience growing up in a Winnipeg rowhouse community. Deft, unpredictable and intriguingly strange.
SUE GOYETTE – HALIFAX – OUTSKIRTS
There are so many layers to ordinary life in these poems that the act of reading becomes a kind of excavation. Long lines and a rich vocabulary combine with an emotional truthfulness that is hard to ignore.
ANN SCOWCROFT – QUEBEC – THE TRUTH OF HOUSES
The poems move back and forth in time and across space, exploring the idea of home, and the narrator’s ambiguous relationship to that word and what it might mean. Surprising leaps of imagery and emotion.
BRIAN HENDERSON – KITCHENER – SHARAWADJI
Original, evocative, from the mysterious, almost otherworldly explorations of Twelve Paintings by Jacek Yerka to incredibly moving poems about his mother’s death. It’s like falling down one of Alice’s rabbit holes.
ALEX PIERCE – NOVA SCOTIA – VOX HUMANA
This is a meditation on memory and the drama that goes into the act of remembering, the past coming alive like scenes from Shakespeare. Unabashedly rich and detailed to the hilt.
STEPHANIE BOLSTER – MONTREAL – A PAGE FROM THE WONDERS OF LIFE ON EARTH
A book about zoos that branches out to be a book about the very idea of structure: the tensions between containment and flourish, how enclosure both defies and defines. The manuscript has a heady intelligence to it that challenges and entertains in equal measure.
MEIRA COOK – WINNIPEG – A WALKER IN THE CITY
A journey of a book that is part Candide, part fairytale, strong on narrative and filled with imaginative energy. It’s as if a mirror reality is being created with such precision that you begin to feel like it’s your own private world.