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Fall 2022 Preview: Poetry and Culture


exculpatory lilies
Susan Musgrave
McClelland & Stewart, Sept.

This new collection by the award-winning poet deals with grief: her partner, Stephen Reid, died in 2018, and their daughter Sophie in 2021 from an accidental overdose. But Musgrave’s sensibility pervades these poems as well – the mind and the natural world serve as counterpoints in his careful examination of language and emotion. –Cassandre Drudi

Megan Fennya Jones (Ian Lanterman)

The program
Megan Fennya Jones
Goose Lane Publishing, Sept.

Megan Fennya Jones looks back on her time in the fashion industry with poems that address body dysmorphia, shame and eating disorders in this debut collection which is ultimately about how we are seen and how we ourselves let’s see. -CD

Icarus, fall of the birds
Harry Thurston and Thaddeus Holownia, photographer.
Anchorage Press/Goose Lane Publishing, Sept.

In 2013, thousands of migrating songbirds perished in a natural gas plant flare in Saint John, New Brunswick. Harry Thurston’s poems are paired with Thaddeus Holownia’s photos of their burned bodies to commemorate both the birds and this environmental disaster. –Attila Berki

Robert Moody (Wendy McKay Moody)

Sixty-seven ontological studies: 49 poems and 18 photographs
Jan Zwicky and Robert V. Moody, photographer.
Freehand Books, Oct.

In this collaboration, acclaimed poet and recently inducted into the Order of Canada Jan Zwicky and photographer and mathematician Robert V. Moody address the fundamental essence of things in words and images, making connections that create a conversation between their two art forms. –A B

scars and stars
Jesse Thistle
McClelland & Stewart/PRHC, Oct.

Jesse Thistle’s poetry was notable in his bestselling memoir Ashes and in this new biographical collection, he combines poetry with complementary prose pieces to reflect on both his own story and the stories of the people in his life, as well as to reflect on family, love, parenthood and the community. –A B

Crusader Stations
Carol Rose GoldenEagle
Inanna Publications, Oct.

The Cree-Dene author of bear skin diary uses the Christian ritual of the Stations of the Cross as a springboard for poems that contemplate the destructive effects of residential schools, government policies, and church doctrines, while examining ways to reclaim the teachings of indigenous cultures. –A B

Where the sea kuniks the land
Ashley Qilavaq-Savard
Living in the Media, Nov.

A kunik is a traditional Inuit greeting and in this first collection, Inuk writer, artist and filmmaker Ashley Qilavaq-Savard extends the greeting to the arctic landscape. Her poetry deals with the beauty of the North and the interconnectedness of people and places, past and present. –A B


Ingredients for Revolution: A History of American Feminist Restaurants, Cafes, and Cafes
Alex D. Ketchum
Concordia University Press, Nov.

Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of famed feminist restaurant Mother Courage in New York’s West Village, Professor Ketchum’s latest title offers an in-depth study of the phenomenon of feminist and LGBTQ+ restaurants, covering over 200 examples from the years 70 to present. Ketchum serves up a fascinating cultural history, from when single women were denied loans to establish such institutions to their role in supporting ongoing social justice movements and their innovations in labor supply practices. labor and food. –Andrew Woodrow-Boucher

In defense of copyright
Hugh Stephens
Cormorant Books, Nov.

First enacted in the 18th century, copyright laws have been increasingly weakened in recent years. Hugh Stephens explores the history of copyright and the nature of unauthorized use and piracy in the digital age, and reviews some of the latest copyright challenges, particularly in the Canadian context. –Attila Berki

About browsing
Jason Guriel
Biblioasis, Oct.

In this last part of Field Notes series, poet and critic Jason Guriel explores the positives and negatives of the widespread shift to online shopping and streaming. One-click purchases and seasonal excesses have their pleasures. But with all of our purchases, views, readings and listening subtly shaped by algorithms, have we changed anything essential in our experience of the world? –AWB


Humans are storytellers. But what are all these threads we are spinning for? This trio of titles explores the history of our oral traditions and reveals how the stories we tell ourselves – and hear and read – shape our ideas and our world.

Laughing with the Trickster: On Sex, Death, and Accordions
Tomson Highway
House of Anansi, Sept.

Legendary Cree playwright and writer Tomson Highway blends Christian, classical and Cree mythologies in his Massey Lecture on the exuberant figure of the Trickster. Centered on five major themes – language, creation, sex and gender, humor and death – Highway shows how North American storytelling traditions have a unique contribution to make to how each of us finds a meaning to life. –AWB

The Power of History: On Truth, the Deceiver, and New Fictions for a New Era
Harold R Johnson
Biblioasis, Oct.

This posthumous work by the late Cree lawyer and writer grew out of a lecture he gave to a multi-faith group about the importance of history in all aspects of our lives, from our sense of self to our social structures, and points to ways in which storytelling can be – and often is – a force for positive change in the world. –AWB

Ordinary Wonder Tales
Emilie Urquhart
Biblioasis, Nov.

Folklorist Emily Urquhart follows up on her previous success Beyond Paleness: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes with a collection of essays on “marvel tale” – a term she prefers to “fairy tale” because of “its suggestion of awe associated with storytelling”. Urquhart draws connections between the experiences of everyday life – love, grief, pride, fear – and the imaginary worlds of the stories we tell and tell. –AWB

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