Poetry

  • Human Misunderstanding

    By Kathy Mac     February 2017

    “Kathy Mac achieves a seemingly impossible task. She brings levity and lyricism to serious tragedies, ranging from the detention and torture of Omar Khadr in Guantánamo Bay, to the disintegration of a relationship, to two prosecutions for sexual assault. Human misery is made more redeemable by Mac’s thoughtful exploration. Readers should be forewarned that living with greater clarity and care are possible outcomes of reading this delicate collection.”

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  • Milton Acorn

    The People’s Poet

    Compiled by Kent Martin and Errol Sharpe  Photographs by Kent Nason     March 2015

    A reproduction of one of Canada’s most important poet’s highly regarded works.

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  • Live from the Afrikan Resistance!

    By El Jones     September 2014

    Live from the Afrikan Resistance! is the first collection of spoken word poetry by Halifax’s fifth Poet Laureate, El Jones. These poems speak of community and struggle. They are grounded in the political culture of African Nova Scotia and inherit the styles and substances of hip-hop, dub and calypso’s political commentary. Gathered from seven years of performances, these poems represent the tradition of the prophetic voice in Black Nova Scotia.

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    A Roseway Book
  • The Hundefraulein Papers

    Poems

    By Kathy Mac     May 2009

    Hunde/fräulein: Dog/nanny. For five and a half years (1995-2001) Kathy Mac lived in Sambro Head, NS, looking after anywhere from four to twelve English Setters. The post entailed maintaining the ocean-side doghouse and looking after the many, varied houseguests of the hundemutter – ocean activist Elisabeth Mann Borgese, youngest daughter of Thomas Mann. These poems take their tone from the days and dogs that inspired them – by turns extravagant, intense, celebratory, wistful.

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    A Roseway Book
  • Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth

    Poems

    By Kathy Mac     January 2002

    “Poets with Kathy Mac’s impeccable technical skill are not too hard to find, but very few can touch her for emotional power, thematic range, gentle humour or quiet courage. As Robert Heinlein said of another writer, these poems should be served with a whisk broom, so that the customer may brush the sawdust off himself when he gets back up.” –Spider Robinson, author of Telempath (1976), The Free Lunch (2001) and many others in between

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    A Roseway Book
  • Words Out There

    Women Poets in Atlantic Canada

    Edited by Jeanette Lynes     January 1999

    “A book of women poets in Atlantic Canada – not a moment too soon.” –PK Page

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    A Roseway Book
  • Counting Crows

    By Jenni Blackmore     January 1997

    This collection of stories and poems charts various pathways and detours in the universal quest for love. It’s a journey towards joy which begins with the call of a frog searching for a mate and ends as a woman inadvertently thwarts her own desire as she attempts to construct the perfect token of her love.

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    A Roseway Book
  • Dim Time and History on a Garrison Clock

    A Collection of Poetry

    By Margaret Benjamin Hammer     January 1993

    “This is modern poetry: its eye always open for the telling image, ear cocked to an internal music, and tongue ready to taste the tartness of irony…. These poems are not only thoughtful in an intellectual sense but in a compassionate one as well.

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    A Roseway Book