Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

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Ivanhoe Station

By Lyle Neff

B.C. Book Prize Finalist

Ivanhoe Station is the début collection from Vancouver poet Lyle Neff.

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Jabbering with Bing Bong

By Kevin Spenst

Kevin Spenst’s much-anticipated debut collection of poetry opens as a coming-of-age narrative of lower-middle class life in Vancouver’s suburb of Surrey, embroidered within a myriad of pop- and “post-Mennonite” culture.

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The Least You Can Do Is Be Magnificent: Selected and New Writings

By Steve Venright

The Least You Can Do Is Be Magnificent: Selected & New Writings is a generous gathering of Venright’s most enduring and extraordinary poems, including the revised and expanded “Manta Ray Jack and the Crew of the Spooner”— the most outlandish and hilarious seafaring tale since Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark. This volume also features an in-depth examination of Venright’s work by scholar Alessandro Porco.

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Leaving Mile End

By Jon Paul Fiorentino

Leaving Mile End is Jon Paul Fiorentino’s seventh collection of poetry and tenth book—a collection of poems that documents the daily din and clatter of cafés, galleries, and dive bars that make up Mile End in Montreal, perhaps the most artistically vibrant neighbourhood in the world.

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Lonesome Monsters

By Bud Osborn

Lonesome Monsters is a collection of prose and poetry from Vancouver writer Bud Osborn.

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Low Centre of Gravity

By Michael Dennis

These poems ask the questions you’d really like answered, sauntering into the room and staking claim.

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By Vi Khi Nao & Sarah Burgoyne

Using the numerical structure of pi, Mechanophilia is a collaborative epic by American poet Vi Khi Nao and Canadian poet Sarah Burgoyne (who have never met) that follows the omniscient conversations and complaints of ad hoc biblical characters as they attempt to make sense of themselves on an ordered, disordered planet.

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Moments of Happiness

By Niels Hav

Whether in longer poems or the briefest, Hav invites a reader to consider along with him the feeling of existence, its inevitable joy, sorrow, noise, silence, not in binary terms but as mixtures.

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Motel of the Opposable Thumbs

By Stuart Ross

Mr. Ross unapologetically leaps from howls of grief and despair to zany incursions into surrealism and the absurd. He embraces this panoply of approaches to respond to our cantankerous existential dilemma. All that, and it’s structured after Bela Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4! Get a room and enjoy.

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Mouthfuls of Space

By Tom Prime

The poems in Mouthfuls of Space offer a dissociative journey through the life of a once homeless recovering drug addict and victim of childhood sexual, emotional, and physical abuse.

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