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

A call to inhabit this place as if our lives and livelihoods depended on it.

Public Transit by Zoe Dickinson

These poems, small stops strung along the daily commute, bring presence to the dead time, the empty time, the blank space between departure and arrival.

Celestial Bodies by Laura Apol

Laura Apol lives in Michigan. This cycle of poems traces a year of full moons that parallel and illuminate a new and unfolding relationship.

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.

Cascadia

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: answering the question How will we write about this place, here, now?

Threshold by Marilyn Bowering and Xan Shian.

 

 

 

Marilyn Bowering unites her voice with the life and words of a silenced, exiled female Hebridean poet who speaks across three centuries. Xan Shian's photographs face this world of extremes and change with a timeless and contemporary eye.


Forthcoming:

Crossing by Alison Watt (October, 2015)
When All the Scissor Work is Done by David Fraser (March 2016)

Awards:

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 short-listed for the 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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