Monday 16 February 2009

New book acquisitions

The Book Collector by Tim Bowling: a new collection from one of the most consistently excellent narrative poets writing in Canada today. Bowling is a true craftsman, and it’s always a pleasure to have a book of new poems from him.

Ashland by Gil Adamson: probably one of my two or three favourite books of poetry written in Canada this decade. I lost my old copy, or lent it to someone and can’t remember, so I had to buy it again. If you don’t have it, get it and read it as soon as possible.

Halflife by Meghan O’Rourke: a debut collection from another young American. I recognized her name as the new poetry editor for The Paris Review, so I picked it up and thumbed through it. There were many impressive blurbs on the back cover. Yes, I sometimes notice these things. Inside the book, I read a couple poems that I liked, including one about a tiger at the Bronx zoo, so I decided to buy the book.

Seaway: New & Selected Poems by Todd Swift: Todd has been living across the pond for a long while, and I think it’s a good idea for him to put out a new and selected with Salmon Poetry. Here’s a poet who’s building a solid reputation for himself on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s a fine ambassador for Canadian poetry in Britain, and this book offers an excellent opportunity to get caught up on the first decade of his work.


Evie Christie said...

Someone took my Ashland too.

Lemon Hound said...

Ashland rocks. And congrats to Todd Swift--that's quite an accomplishment.

Razovsky said...

Ashland has the wonderfully dark prose-poetry sequence that later became the almost-legendary-already Outlander.