Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

Anvil Press

Bounce House

Bounce House

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Bounce House is a collection of small containers for the uncontainable. Restrained in form but not feeling, Harper’s fourth book explores the cyclical nature of grief, imperfect parenting, and our willingness to jump without promise of a safe landing.

Measured and meticulously weighted, these poems are playful and poignant as they navigate the strange terrain around losing a loved one: how the past and present blur together, the dead simultaneously here and missing, and how joy moves inevitably forward, as if on wheels.

On Jennica’s previous work:

“Jennica Harper is the poet whose books I stay up reading late into the night.” —Kerry Clare, 49th Shelf

“Whether or not you’re a poetry person, her plainspoken and perceptive voice will win you over.” —Melanie Bell, Autostraddle


  • Publication: October 2019
  • ISBN: 978-1-77214-140-5
  • Pages: 72 pp.
  • Size: 5.5 x 8 inches

Jennica Harper is the author of three previous books of poetry: Wood (Anvil Press, 2013), which was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay prize, What It Feels Like for a Girl (Anvil Press, 2008), and The Octopus and Other Poems (Signature Editions, 2006). Her poetry has been translated for the stage (Initiation Trilogy), gone viral, and won Silver at the National Magazine Awards. Jennica also writes for television, and lives with her family in Vancouver.

Books by Jennica Harper