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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 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…

August 4, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 84 – Robert Allen presented by Todd Swift

ROBERT ALLEN revisited, ten years after his death An earlier version of this essay appeared in Language Acts: Anglo-Québec Poetry, 1976 to the 21st Century, edited by Jason Camlot and Todd Swift in 2006 from Véhicule Press. Permission to reprint this chapter has been given by the publisher.   Robert…

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