Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

Anvil Press

No Shelter

No Shelter

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Infused with the spirit of Charles Bukowski, these down to earth poems take readers on a hard-scrabble journey, starting from Doyle’s early years as a runaway from foster homes, an incarcerated youth, a boxer, and a homeless wage-earner living in shelters and on the streets of Ottawa and Toronto, to his eventual arrival in Vancouver to work in the construction labour pools before landing work as a custodian and maintenance man. Doyle’s potent combination of gritty realism, weary wisdom, and wry humour make No Shelter an unforgettable collection.

Praise for Doyle’s work:

“Henry Doyle writes from hard-won experience, straightforwardly, Bukowskianly, and above all fearlessly.”
— Kevin Spenst, author of Hearts Amok: a Memoir in Verse

“In an $8-an-hour world of brute work and beer, Doyle types out his manifesto ‘Lost in my typewriter. /burning words /into emptiness.’ Doyle’s testimony is singed with astute noticing that earns him a place in Vancouver’s literary history.”
— Elee Kraljii Gardiner, author of Trauma Head

“Plain-talking, real, beautiful.”
— AnnMarie MacKinnon, Editor, Geist


  • Publication: October
  • ISBN: 978-1-77214-183-2
  • Pages: 96 pp.
  • Size: 5 x 8 inches

Henry Doyle lives and works in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. A long-time member of Thursdays Writing Collective and the Downtown Eastside Writing Collective, Henry has published work in Poetry is Dead, Megaphone, Geist, and the anthologies V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and From the Heart of it All: Ten Years of Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He won Geist magazine’s DTES Jamboree Writing Contest in 2011 and Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize in 2020.

Books by Henry Doyle