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Goose Lane Editions - March 04, 2007 - 0 Comments

Tacoma Narrows

Tacoma Narrows by Mitchell Parry

Reviewed by Jenna Butler

Mitchell Parry’s Tacoma Narrows is a finely-focused collection that finds, in the minutiae of life, a deep and enduring connection to larger issues and emotions. Parry’s poems are humble and yet startlingly beautiful. They revisit, time and again, the courage and balance required to love truly and with meaning, whether in the sense of love for another person or love for the small moments in everyday life that momentarily stop the breath.

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Goose Lane Editions - August 23, 2006 - 5 Comments

The Hunt on the Lagoon

The Hunt on the Lagoon by S.P. Zitner

Reviewed by Liam Ford

The last two poems of S.P. Zitner’s post-humously published collection, The Hunt on the Lagoon, deal somewhat comically with the state of poetry inCanada.  He reports in “The Prospect Behind Us” that “there are more Canadian poets than Canadians who read them” (3).  In “Last,” he laments how “these poems / will doze on the bookstore’s lowest shelves, / to which few readers deign to stoop” (12-14). Unfortunately, that is a probable reality for one volume of Canadian poetry that actually deserves to be read.  The Hunt on the Lagoon is accessible, affecting, and vast.

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Goose Lane Editions - April 27, 2006 - 2 Comments

Where Sound Pools

Where Sound Pools by Lynn Davies

Reviewed by Ian LeTourneau

Lynn Davies’ first collection, The Bridge that Carries the Road, published in 1999, was nominated for the Governor General’s and Gerald Lampert Awards. Where Sound Pools, her second book, equally deserves prize nominations. On the surface, the poems seem straightforward: lyrical with some narrative excursions. But don’t be fooled. They contain more depth than Jules Vernes’ 20,000 leagues. Davies’ poems are distinguished by the dexterity and playfulness of her tones and metaphors.

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Goose Lane Editions - March 19, 2006 - 0 Comments

Anything but the Moon

Anything but the Moon by George Sipos

Reviewed by Eric Barstad

Admittedly, I picked up George Sipos’ debut collection, Anything but the Moon, because of the cover. Something about the duotone blue grove of trees in mist caught my attention. The simplicity of it, I think; or, the solitude. And while the poems certainly are not simple, there is an overwhelming sense of solitude within these pages.

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