Poetry / pb / 176pp / September, 2007 /
ISBN:9780889822436
/ $17.95

From Sasamat Street in Vancouver to Samoa, the fish, fowl and animals ask what we are up to with our fixings, our vegetarian dressings-up of salad and tofu to make them meat enough for us. Will that change the flux of our existence on the planet, the flow of everything in the old world into memory—from primary instinct into new good intentions...

Poetry / pb / 96pp / September, 2007 /
ISBN:9780889822368
/ $16.95

Along a Snake Fence Riding is a long poem for eight voices. One of these voices is that of the narrator, who steps into the poem “from time to time” to record a life of intention and ambition, resistance and refusal, byways of discovery and decision, and continuing persistence. Other voices speak “out of time.” These are the voices of...

Poetry / pb / 112pp / April, 2007 /
ISBN:9780889822351
/ $17.95

Father Tongue is a poetic exploration of one family’s Indo-Canadian immigrant experience. The family’s stories of life in India and Canada are told in several voices, but the lens through which they are focused is the consciousness of the narrator—a young woman of mixed blood who is seeking to find her footing between two conflicting...

Poetry / pb / 96pp / April, 2007 /
ISBN:9780889822337
/ $16.95

Story rescues no one from death, but out of the seams and lacunae of narrative a certain kind of lyric can emerge. In Notes for a Rescue Narrative, J. Mark Smith charts the oxbow turnings of diverse human voices through scepticism and belief, hope and despair, pride and humility. Inspired by the elegiac plainness of Wordsworth as much...

Poetry / pb / 104pp / October, 2006 /
ISBN:978-0-88982-230-6
/ $17.95

Connected by the element of air, the poems in The Aviary raise questions about desire, the spirit and the unconscious juxtaposed against the everyday, beautiful and absurd, the surface of “things”. These poems propose an aesthetic of profound anxiety. Like caged birds, they clamour for escape even as they mourn loss. The poems circle ideas of...