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Poetry to Come Out to Look Forward to

Of course there’s the couple dozen, or fifty, books I have but haven’t opened yet. Still, the appetite is strong.

I look forward to Ghost Face by Greg Santos after having read his last two books. And a full book from Natalie Hanna.  Since I’ve liked every poem I’ve seen from her, I look forward to holding the first collection by Connie ClaytonWe Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite (ordered).

I loved Eduardo C. Corral‘s first book so look forward to Guillotine. Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz is maybe finally out this year. (Pre-ordered.)

Bookland Press is releasing Sandscapes by Eric Charlebois any week now (pre-ordered). Likewise Dale Tracy’s above/ground chapbook.

David Groulx won the Newlove Award so I look forward to what he does next in his Bywords chapbook. Each book is a new thing with him. I don’t feel i’ve read one book therefore read them all. His material gets thicker not more abstract with time.

And I want a collection from Manahil Bandukwala.  I hope to see another David Blaikie collection in print. And from David A Epstein’s first chapbook. After reading another chapbook from Michael Sikkema (I have to get a book or three of his.) And a book from Marilyn Irwin.

At the Tree reading, Sarah Feldman had a striking comic timing, and humility about her poems in her first poetry collection, The Half-Life of Oracles. Hearing her read, I’m not sure if it was the poems or the patter that I found compelling. Eventually I’ll find the book and find out, but I guess that’s a couple years old now. Curious about Curtis LeBlanc’s Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation.

As I muddle about, not reading, I see Gwen Benaway’s day/break is already out, kinda (pre-ordered). Want that too.

I’m curious about Lauren Turner’s The Only Card in a Deck of Knives. I’m curious to look at Murmurations by Annick MacAskill, out with Gaspereau this Spring. Gordon Hill is a new press about, and their essays with poets this fall could be good. I’d like to get Roxanna Bennett’s Unmeaningable because her chapbook blew me away and got at least 4 rereads. Crow Gulch from Gooselane came out at the end of the year by Douglas Walbourne looks interesting.

Of course I look forward to footlights from Radiant Press, coming by October 2020. It’s been such a good experience working with them that I’d gladly do another book or few with them. Gerry Hill’s latest will be with Radiant this fall too.

I wonder if Micheline Maylor has anything out soon. (I find I missed a book so I can do that in the meantime.) Standing orders for whatever she, Rae Armantrout, Chuqiao Yang, David O’Meara, Monty Reid, or Stephen Brockwell put out. (Did I dream word that Stephen Brockwell likewise had another accepted somewhere?) I feel like Jamie Sharpe is due a book out, but I can’t recall if that’s 2020, or 2021.

rob mclennan has something with Anstruther Press soon. Kirby’s What do you want to be called is with Anstruther Press. Ellen Change-Richardson’s Unlucky Fours is out now. Want to get that too. Amy Leblanc has a title out with them this year too. No, wait, last year. Still, the press is on fire in the best possible sense.

I have to make a list of all I want or I forget. Even still, I know I’ve already forgotten a few.

Like Gil McElroy’s Long Division (pre-ordered).

John Elizabeth Stinzi’s Junebat from Anansi  (pre-ordered).

Russell Carisse’s Nomography. (ordered).

How did I not hear before 49th Shelf’s spring book list that Michael Dennis comes out with Low Centre of Gravity in June.

Body Count by Kyla Jamieson focusses on post-concussion. Should be interesting to peek.

” Meredith Quartermain’s Lullabies in the Real World (April) is a sequence of poems about a train journey from West Coast to East Coast that invokes a patchwork of regions, voices and histories.”

In rushes from the river disappointment (May), a meditative, musically attentive collection exploring the confounding nature of intimate relationships, stephanie roberts’ poetic expression is often irreverent, unapologetic, and infused with humour that can take surprisingly grave turns.

OO: Typewriter Poems (April), by Dani Spinoza, is a collection of feminist visual poetry that rewrites avant-garde poetic history.

Hmm, could be good. Could be an expensive year.


P.S. March:

Revery: a year of bees by Jenna butler (summer)

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

To Speak for the Trees by Diana Beresford-Kroeger (non-fiction)

A Reverence For Wood by Eric Sloane (older non-fiction)

The Union of Smokers, novel by Paddy Scott.

The Gospel of Breaking by Jillian Christmas.

Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart by Beatriz Hausner


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