It’s been a stellar year for Canadian poetry, and I haven’t even been able to talk about everything yet (given my baby-distraction of the past year, and a couple of titles I haven’t even seen yet), so my usual ‘best of ten-or-so’ over at the dusie blog [now posted here] is slightly longer. And yes, this is my fourth annual list (see 2013 here; 2012 here; 2011 here), with my regular caveat that the misnomer ‘best of’ is simply a list of Canadian poetry titles over the past year that I think are worth seeking out and reading. A ‘worth repeating,’ more like.
My list this year includes: Brecken Hancock, Broom Broom (Coach House Books), Suzannah Showler, Failure to Thrive (ECW Press), Sina Queyras, M x T (Coach House Books), Karen Solie, The Living Option: Selected Poems (Bloodeaxe Books), bpNichol, bp :beginnings, ed. Stephen Cain (BookThug), Dennis Cooley, abecedarium (University of Alberta Press), Cecily Nicholson, From the Poplars (Talonbooks), Natalie Simpson, Thrum (Talonbooks), Renée Sarojini Saklikar, children of air india (Nightwood Editions), Nikki Reimer, Downverse (Talonbooks), Arleen Paré, Lake of Two Mountains (Brick Books), George Stanley, North of California St. (New Star Books), Nikki Sheppy, Grrrrlhood: a ludic suite (Kalamalka Press), nathan dueck, he’ll (Pedlar Press), Kate Hargreaves, Leak (BookThug), ryan fitzpatrick, Fortified Castles (Talonbooks), Lisa Robertson, Cinema of the Present (Coach House Books) and Alex Leslie, The Things I Heard About You (Nightwood Editions).