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  • A Newer Wildernessby Roseanne Carrara

    Insomniac Press 2007; US$ 9.95

    In Roseanne Carrara's A Newer Wilderness, the world's rich and compelling past buckles and swells beneath our feet, and its abiding influence rises like geothermal steam into the present. Powerful voices from history and legend issue forth and mingle with our familiar, circadian surroundings. These poems serve to remind us that our future need not... more...

  • A Ruckus of Awkward Stackingby Matt Robinson

    Insomniac Press 2001; US$ 9.95

    A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking is about memory ? memory as a poetic form through which refractions of loss, recovery, discovery and identity form an imaginative reshaping of the past. In raw brushstrokes, Robinson records the slow cascade of events and characters slipping through the thin membrane of experience, shaping our histories. At the same time,... more...

  • Balance Actby Ken Cormier

    Insomniac Press 2002; US$ 9.99

    Balance Act is Ken Cormier's first published collection of prose and poetry. Ranging in mood from all-out hilarity to heart-stopping melancholy, Balance Act utilizes a consistent thread of music and rhythm to propel its language. Cormier's extensive background in percussion informs his writing at every level of the process. Simply put, Cormier brings... more...

  • Beneath the Beautyby Phlip Arima

    Insomniac Press 1996; US$ 9.95

    Beneath the Beauty is Philip Arima's first collection of poetry. His work is gritty and rhythmic, passionate and uncompromising. His writing reveals themes like love, life on the street and addiction. Arima has a terrifying clarity of vision in his portrayal of contemporary life. Despite the cruelties inflicted and endured by his characters, he is... more...

  • Creamsicle Stick Shivby John Stiles

    Insomniac Press 2006; US$ 9.95

    John Stiles' first collection of poetry, Scouts Are Cancelled, explored the dialect and the dilemmas of down-home life in Nova Scotia's rural Annapolis Valley. In his second collection, the poet expands his horizons. Chronicling his movements from Canada's east coast to Toronto's self-obsessed urban core, following his heart around the world to find... more...

  • Damagedby Phlip Arima

    Insomniac Press 1998; US$ 9.95

    Phlip Arima is one of Toronto's most popular performance poets. In Damaged, his second collection of poetry, Arima takes to the street to create his portraits of the lost, the dispossessed and the disenchanted. Edgy, yet deeply compassionate, Arima's poems capture the gritty urban reality of the homeless and the mad, in desperate contrast to the easy... more...

  • Early Poemsby A.F. Moritz

    Insomniac Press 2002; US$ 15.95

    A.F. Moritz is the author of thirteen books of poetry, numerous chapbooks and limited edition volumes. He has received major honours including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Award in Literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His book Rest on the Flight into Egypt was nominated for the 2000 Governor General's Award. In... more...

  • Every Inadequate Nameby Nick Thran

    Insomniac Press 2006; US$ 9.95

    In this, his highly anticipated debut collection of poems, Nick Thran fuses a whimsical pop sensibility with an urgent poetic gravitas that refuses to sell the human heart short. The resultant poems are emblematic of the clash between our private enthusiasms and the cool diffidence of the world around us. more...

  • Exstatic Almanacby AWOL Love Vibe

    Insomniac Press 2002; US$ 9.99

    Exstasy: too little leaves you gutless and stunted. Too much and you've got the Exstatic Almanac; 365 exstatic poems for the sublime year. These poems are signposts on the road to revolutionary ruin and radical redemption. They are at once the record of an improvisatory exstasy and the imaginative impetus for the implosion of your psyche. In the ancient... more...

  • Gardening in the Tropicsby Olive Senior

    Insomniac Press 2005; US$ 9.95

    Gardening in the Tropics contains a rich Caribbean world in poems offered to readers everywhere. Olive Senior's rich vein of humour can turn wry and then sharp in satire of colour-consciousness, class-consciousness and racism. But her predominant tone is the verbal equivalent of a pair of wide-open arms. more...