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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Late Capitalist Sublimeby Ryan Kamstra

    Insomniac Press 2002; US$ 7.95

    lATE cAPITALIST sUBLIME marks the début of Ryan Kamstra, heir apparent to the dissenting tradition in Canadian poetry. Thematically echoing overtly political poets such as Milton Acorn, F.R. Scott and Dorothy Livesay, Kamstra's streetwise poetry bears witness to a superficial world, which is relieved only by the occasional glimmer of a resilient human... more...

  • Mental Hygieneby Ray Robertson

    Insomniac Press 2003; US$ 16.95

    One of today's best young novelists, Ray Robertson is also one of its ablest critics. Mental Hygiene is a collection of his most entertaining, insightful, controversial, and funniest reviews and essays written over the last five years. Believing that ''writers have a responsibility to help maintain the mental hygiene of their time,'' Robertson, following... more...

  • Only the Ghost has Lastedby Nancy Dembowski

    Insomniac Press 2002; US$ 9.99

    The poems in Nancy Dembowski's second collection are a series of tender, yet slightly morbid epistles written for the purpose of saying good-bye to a relationship, lifestyle or country. Underscored by a tone of resignation, the poems come alive in flashes of angry revenge ? bordering on the absurd ? together with tenderness and joy. Dembowski's poems,... more...

  • Over the Roofs of the World by Olive Senior

    Insomniac Press 2005; US$ 9.95

    Using nature as both model and metaphor, Toronto resident Olive Senior delves into birds, flying, and Caribbean life in her third book of poems. Following her much-loved collections, Gardening in the Tropics and Talking of Trees, this long-awaited book of poems is sure to delight readers around the world. Translated into several languages, represented... more...

  • Psychic Unrestby Lillian Allen

    Insomniac Press 1999; US$ 9.99

    Psychic Unrest is full of the sea and rain, blues and golds, rhythm and revolution. This is Lillian Allen's long-anticipated book of poems ? her first book since 1993. Collected here is a mix of poems, songs and poetic essays. Allen creates and examines a new poetic style, blending traditional poetry with her inimitable lyrical style, resulting in... more...

  • Uncivilizingby Caroline Davidson

    Insomniac Press 2002; US$ 9.99

    In a dehumanizing world where commodities and materialism seem to be more valuable than people, six poets have assembled a collection of their work that acts as an antidote to the market-driven ?90s. Caroline Davidson, Roger Nash, Sonja Dunn, James Reaney, Bernice Lever and Robert Sward bring you Uncivilizing, a book of poetry that will inspire you... more...