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  Make It True I Want






Make It True: Poetry from Cascadia
edited by Paul Nelson, George Stanley,
George Bowering, Nadine Maestas

Make It True is a collection from poets writing from Cascadia, the bioregion lying west of the continental divide and spanning from Mt. Logan in Canada to the north and Cape Mendocino in California to the south. An attempt to deepen the sense of place. A call to inhabit it as if our lives and livelihoods depended on it. An attempt to resuscitate the poetry culture from the trance cast by the pop/consumer- generated culture—an anti-culture which, as Edward Abbey understood, serves to consume everything, including the biosphere: "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."

I Want
by Joseph A. Dandurand

"I am here / this pen to paper / proves it yet again." So writes Joseph Dandurand, First Nations man in midlife, survivor of violence and abuse, man recovering from addictions, father, lover, man still standing. Dandurand writes out of deep love and commitment to the land, to his ancestors, to his people, to his kids, who "grow up without abuse."

twenty-four poets, one long poem that "rolls along like a series of cascades on a river." (Kim Goldberg)

Here is a fortunate group: inhabitants of the bioregion known as Cascadia, poets who accepted a challenge to respond to another's (anonymous) poem by leaping from it or by falling deeper into it, letting it open. The result is a fortunate collaboration: answers to the 
question how will we write about this place, here, now?


Still to Come in 2015:

Crossing by Alison Watt
Nelle fenditure profonde delle mura, a bilingual selection from In the Bone Cracks of the Walls, by Tina Biello.
Cradle Song: Poems about Newborns, editors Ann Graham Walker and Ursula Vaira
When All the Scissor Work is Done, by David Fraser
Threshold by Marilyn Bowering and Xan Shian



A Quiet Coming of Light by Jude Neale was short-listed for the 2015 League of Canadian Poets Pat Lowther Award.
Emilia Nielsen's Surge Narrows was short-listed for the 2014 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award by the League of Canadian Poets.
Joanne Thorwaldson's thirteen poems for releasing love was shortlisted for the 2013 bpNichol chapbook award.
Adrienne Gruber's chapbook Mimic won the 2012 bpNichol chapbook award.
Jude Neale's Only the Fallen Can See was long lisited for the 2012 Relit Awards.
Kirsty Elliot's True was short-listed for the League of Canadian Poets 2012 Gerald Lampert Award and long-listed for the 2012 ReLit Awards.
Tina Biello was shortlisted for the Bressani Prize at the Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre for Momenti.
Susan Musgrave and Leanne Boschman were short-listed for the ReLit Awards for their Leaf titles.
Susan Musgrave's Obituary of Light was short-listed for the CAA Award for Poetry.
K. Louise Vincent's The Discipline of Undressing long-listed for the ReLit Awards.
Kim Goldberg's Ride Backwards on Dragon shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award.
Allan Brown's Imagines co-winner of 2009 bpNichol Chapbook Award.

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