About the BookA must-read for anyone with a stake in contemporary Canadian literature, or with curiosity about poetry on the world stage.
Guest editor Rob Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed collection The News, brings a passionate ear for rhythm, an eye for narrative compression, an appetite for vital subject matter, and an affinity for warmth and wit to his selections for Best Canadian Poetry 2019. The fifty ruggedly independent poems gathered here tackle themes of emergence, defiance, ferocious anger, gratitude, and survival. They are alive with acoustic energy, precise in their language, and moving in their use of the personal to explore fraught political realities. They emit a cloud of invisible energy, a charge.
Featuring work by:
Colleen Baran - Gary Barwin - Billy-Ray Belcourt - Ali Blythe - Marilyn Bowering - Julie Bruck - Sara Cassidy - Sue Chenette - Chelsea Coupal - Kayla Czaga - Sadiqa de Meijer - Adebe DeRango-Adem - Chris Evans - Beth Follett - Stevie Howell - Danielle Hubbard - Dallas Hunt - Catherine Hunter - Sonnet L'Abbé - Ben Ladouceur - Tess Liem - D.A. Lockhart - Jessie Loyer - Annick MacAskill - Domenica Martinello - Laura Matwichuk - Katie McGarry - Jimmy McInnes - A.F. Moritz - Alexandra Oliver - Alycia Pirmohamed - Marion Quednau - Claudia Coutu Radmore - Shazia Hafiz Ramji - Shaun Robinson - Yusuf Saadi - Rebecca Salazar - Ellie Sawatzky - David Seymour - Kevin Spenst - Mallory Tater - Souvankham Thammavongsa - Russell Thornton - Daniel Scott Tysdal - William Vallières - Katherena Vermette - Douglas Walbourne-Gough - Cara Waterfall - Gillian Wigmore - Ian Williams
[These] books are must-haves for libraries, schools, and intellectually well-intentioned bedside nightstands across the country.--Quill & Quire