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 4, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 84 – How I Found Poetry by Anne Fleming

My brother’s middle school English teacher edited an anthology of contemporary Canadian poetry meant for use in schools called Mirrors. It had a purple cover with a kaleidoscopic image. My mum bought a copy, got the teacher to sign it for my brother. “With all good wishes to Ian.” I…

July 21, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 82 – Al Pittman presented by Carl Leggo

Al Pittman: Savory on the Tongue When I was growing up in Newfoundland in the 50s and 60s, I knew no poets. I read the poetry in school textbooks. I mostly read the poetry of Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron, Hardy, Rossetti, and Dickinson. I occasionally read the Canadian poets Bliss Carman,…

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