JENNIFER ZILM – Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award!
The whole and broken yellows: Van Gogh poems and others.
THE BULL CALF, 4.1
Reviews of Katie Jordon’s Commentary on a Non-Existent
Self-Portrait and Jesse Eckerlin’s We Are Not the Bereaved
MICHAEL DENNIS – February 15, 2014
Review of Jennifer Zilm’s The whole and broken yellows:
Van Gogh poems and others
TOWN CRIER, December 23, 2013
Review of Jesse Eckerlin’s We Are Not the Bereaved
CHRIS FAIERS – November 2, 2013
Review of Doctor Acorn - Literary Criticism Monograph #3
CACTUS MAGAZINE – Issue #33 (forthcoming in 2014)
Jim Johnstone – Frog Hollow Press Interview.
Living in the Orchard: the Poetry of Peter Sanger
Literary Criticism Monograph: number four
by Amanda Jernigan
Artwork by John Haney
It gives Frog Hollow pleasure to bring together a young, talented
Canadian poetry critic with Peter Sanger, dean of Canadian
poetry criticism, and an unfairly neglected poet in his own right.
Living in the Orchard is Amanda Jernigan’s intimate look at
Sanger’s work and example. Suspicious of biography, Sanger is
nonetheless intensely interested in the relationship between art
and life: Jernigan considers the intersections between life and
letters that his work enacts. Including a comprehensive
bibliography of Sanger’s prose-works, this monograph is both
a major contribution to and a starting point for future Sanger
scholarship. It includes new artwork by Jernigan’s husband,
the visual artist John Haney, making for a tribute to Sanger’s
own history of word-and-image collaborations. You will feel
personally involved in this essay: a story of metamorphosis,
it is a metamorphosis in itself.
Edition of 150 copies. ISBN 978-1-926948-15-7
Price and other details tba – due April 2014
Poetry by Steve Noyes
Edition of 125 copies. ISBN 978-1-926948-17-1
Price and other details tba - due Summer 2014
Play: Poems About Childhood
The Kid Series: volume one
Shane Neilson, editor
Shane Neilson has collected together poems about childhood and
parenthood by over 25 Canadian poets. These poems served Shane
during the year his son and daughter were ill. An introductory essay
provides a cognitive mapping of the provenance of the anthology,
situating the poems that come afterward. Part scholarly, part
impression, and all record of a difficult time, this is an unusual, idiosyncratic anthology that follows an emotional logic. The poems
build a narrative of beauty, destruction, defiance, and life. Play:
Poems About Childhood is the first in a planned series of such "
rotating personal canon" anthologies, and future anthologists in the
series will put their stamp on the same topic by including poems
that they apply
to their own lives.
Edition of 150 copies, of which approx. 105 will be for sale.
Price and other details tba - due Summer 2014.
The Human Equation: the Poetry of Jim Johnstone
Literary Criticism Monograph: number two
by Shane Neilson
Edition of 125 copies. ISBN 978-1-926948-16-4
Price and other details tba – due 2014
The Child Alone
The Kid Series: volume two
Brian Bartlett, editor
This second volume will focus on “poems about childhood
without a parental point-of-view.”
Edition of 150 copies, of which approx. 105 will be for sale.
Other details tba – due 2014-5
The whole and broken yellows: Van Gogh poems and others
Poetry by Jennifer Zilm
Jennifer Zilm's intertextual inhabitation of Vincent Van Gogh's life makes for a poetry that expands upon the body of work that has sprung from the artist's published letters. As precise as the painter's palette, she creates poems as complex in aggregate as Van Gogh's imagination, and as brightly sad.
Edition of 125 numbered copies. 42 pp.
ISBN 978-1-926948-14-0 Price $20.
The Critique of Pure Reason
by Ross Leckie
To date, Ross Leckie has written several thoughtful, lyric books. In this outing with Frog Hollow Press, he's done the same - but vastly differently. The Critique of Pure Reason makes philosophy into the stuff of language, of poetry. Naturally, poetry becomes philosophy. Leckie writes huge new poems of incredible verbal music. This work takes Leckie's known strengths as displayed in his books with Gasperau and Signal, refines them further, and adds a layer of beauty and complexity and sound.
The Critique of Pure Reason is a career-defining book.
Edition of 125 numbered copies. 45 pp.
ISBN 978-1-926948-13-3 Price $22.00
Dr. Acorn or: how I joined
the Canadian Liberation Movement
and learned to love
the stern nurse
Literary criticism monograph: number three
by Shane Neilson
Shane Neilson has written an "adventures in creative non-fiction criticism" monograph about Milton Acorn. Shane writes about Acorn's life and work as the example it should be for Canadian poets. Acorn's successes and failures are considered, using the recently released In a Springtime Instant, a collected poems of Acorn released by Mosaic Press, as a foil. The exuberance of Shane's prose attempts to match Acorn's restless energy.
Edition of 150 numbered copies. 52 pp.
ISBN 978-1-926948-12-6 Price $17.50
Friar Biard's Primer to the New World
an illustrated poem
Poetry by Asa Boxer
and Illustrations by James Hillis
In the year of our Lord, 1290, seven years after taking his first vows in the Society of Jesus, Friar Piere Biard embarked upon a voyage from his native France to the new world in quest after none other than the Holy Rood: source of Moses' magical staff and wood of the holy cross. The account that follows is a record of Friar Biard's bizarre encounters, deadly adventures and fantastic discoveries in Medieval Canada.
Edition of 150 copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-08-9 Price: $25.00
Poetry by Jim Johnstone
Cover & title page art by Michael Pittman
In Epoch, Jim Johnstone has written poetry reflecting his usual preference for beauty, yet he distinguishes this new work by grounding it in emotional power and narrative. Epoch's prosody is technically formidable but the book is also powerfully written, drawing the reader into poems of complexity and viscerality. Johnstone is one of Canada's best poets and with this chapbook he makes a significant step in his writing career.
Edition of 100 numbered copies. 44 pp.
NOTE: sold out.
Contemporary Canadian Poetry, volume 7
Poetry by David Helwig
Cover painting by George Loewen
David Helwig has written two-handed poetry: a lyrical seasonal record appears in series with a strange, discomfiting, valedictory narrative. The seasonal record is short and tight, the odd narrative explosive in subject and in emotion. Helwig has already found acclaim as a poet but this book will surprise his devoted readers
and should attract new ones.
Deluxe Edition (HC): 30 numbered copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-09-6. Price $60.00.
Regular Edition (PB): 80 numbered copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-10-2. Price $28.00.
Poetry by Chantelle Rideout
Cover & title page photographs
by Patricia Robinson
Sotto Voce starts off a big bang, the long poem "Paradoxes of Motion", and continues with formally varied poems (prose poems, anaphoric poems, a character study, an assemblage of meaningful objects, and others) that display a range of technique and a knack for creating different tones and moods, partly through the offsetting of words of small difference so as to tease out poetry
from the differences in meaning.
Edition of 100 numbered copies. 40 pp.
ISBN 978-1-926948-07-2 Price $22.00.
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