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Limited Edition Books: Canadian Poetry Books and Short Stories

Press News

JENNIFER ZILM – Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award!
The whole and broken yellows: Van Gogh poems and others.

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. 80 pp. ISBN 978-1-926948-15-7
Price $22. – due late April 2014.

Small Data
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.
ISBN 978-1-926948-18-8
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.
ISBN 978-1-926948.
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. NOTE: sold out

Due to the demand for copies of “The Critique of Pure Reason” which has outstripped our supply, we have agreed to print a second edition of 100 unnumbered copies which will be distributed by the Author.
To order copies, please contact Ross Leckie at with “Critique” in the subject line.

Dr. Acorn or: how I joined
the Canadian Liberation Movement and learned to love
the stern nurse fusion-bomb sun

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. ISBN 978-1-926948-11-9
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.
108 pp.
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.

Sotto Voce
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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