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2015 TITLES — NEW

How Thought Feels: the poetry of M.Travis Lane
Literary Criticism Monograph: number five
Shane Neilson, editor
Essays by Jan Zwicky,
Jeanette Lynes
and Shane Neilson


Travis Lane is a sorely neglected poet from New Brunswick. With over fifteen books of poetry published, her poetry has sung largely out of earshot of the Canadian poetry establishment. She is also a humble woman and did not grab the megaphone to force people to listen. In How Thought Feels, Frog Hollow Press grabs the megaphone. Celebrated poet, philosopher, and essayist Jan Zwicky considers Lane's poetics; Jeanette Lynes situates Lane in the ecopoetics tradition; and Shane Neilson considers demographic and thematic factors (especially Lane's superlative moral-ethical-spiritual work) which reinforce Lane's ongoing neglect. Because Lane has served as a poetry reviewer for over fifty years, and because her prose is the spiritual antecedent to the critical prose in this volume, How Thought Feels provides a complete prose bibliography on Lane as well as two unique compiled long poems that scavenge elements from Travis' poetry to make for a coherent statement upon Lane's central concerns as poet.

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. Other details to follow.

Edition of 150 numbered copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-23-2 — Price $27.50.



Crito di Volta (I-IV, VII and XIII)
Poetry by Marc di Saverio

Marc Di Saverio has applied his preternatural poetic abilities to the epic form. Frog Hollow Press is proud to present completed poem-fragments from the beginning of Crito Di Volta, Marc's epic, a blistering work meant to change the way mental illness is perceived in Canada. Marc's own art illustrates the poems.

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. 36 pp.

Edition of 125 numbered copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-29-4 — Price $20



The City Series: number two - Fredericton
Rebecca Salazar, Guest Editor

The Poets:
Carson Butts – allison calvern – Benjamin Dugdale – Katie Fewster-Yan – Jennifer Houle – Lisa Jodoin – Micheal Meagher – Patrick O’Reilly –Noah Page – Hayden Wheeler

Printed on 70 lb. paper and Saddle Stitched (stapled) into a full colour cover. 40 pp.

Edition of 150 copies
ISBN 978-1-926948-28-7 – Price $10.00 (incl. postage)



The City Series: number one – Vancouver
Michael Prior, Guest Editor

The Poets:
Emily Chou – Emily Davidson – Ruth Daniell - Sugar le Fae – Megan Jones – Darius Kinney - Alesandra Naccarato – Shazia Hafiz Ramji - Laura Ritland – Shaun Robinson

Wunderkind Michael Prior assembles together ten Vancouver poets who are all unpublished in book or chapbook form. He has sought out talented people whose verse somehow represents his city's poetic and introduced that poetic in personal prose. The poets in The City Series: Vancouver constitute a cross-section of poetry that is diverse, brainy, and emotional, upending stereotypes about Vancouver as a poetry-town.

Printed on 70 lb. paper and Saddle Stitched (stapled) into a full colour cover. 40 pp.

Reviewed in Maisonneuve Magazine.

Edition of 150 copies
ISBN 978-1-926948-26-3 — Price $10.00 (incl. postage)



Factory
Poetry chapbook by Robert Colman

Rob Colman embraces the theme of factory work and industrial decline to create a poetics of parts. These parts work together to create a kind of found, cut life that mocks white collar hypocrisy as much as it satirizes the empty pleasures of sex. In the end, this impressive collection seems to say, there is only verisimilitude and the real pleasure of form.

Edition of 100 copies
ISBN 978-1-926948-25-6 — Price $18



Sing to me in the cut: ekphrasis on George Walker by Canadian poets
Shane Neilson, editor
Wood engravings by George A. Walker

George Walker is one of the transcendent artists of our time. That he largely works in wood engravings has limited his popular appeal but recent efforts (like Walker's The Life and Times of Conrad Black, a biography of Conrad Black published by the Porcupine's Quill & The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook, also from the Porcupine's Quill, also a biographical mosaic of its famous subject) will change that. Early accomplishments will cement his legacy too: Walker was the first Canadian to illustrate Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass.
Walker's track record transforming other cultural materials into art has now been paid back in a very preliminary sense: Frog Hollow Press' Sing to me in the cut is a book of ekphrasis by Canadian poets who have responded to images in either of Walker's The Inverted Line (PQL 2000) or Images from the Neocerebellum (PQL 2007). Poem and wood engravings are paired in the book, demonstrating that Walker has inspired several generations of Canadian poets. The poets range from mature, generation-leading talents like Al Moritz to up-and-comers like Blair Trewartha. Each poet answers George's incredible work, agreeing that, yes, the roads are their veins; the moon matters; portraits are always of pain; that there's something not right with the picture.

The Poets:
Brian Bartlett — John Barton — Stephanie Bolster
Wayne Clifford — Jim Johnstone — Katie Jordon
M.Travis Lane — Ross Leckie — Nyla Matuk
Sharon McCartney — Al Moritz — Sandy Pool
Michael Prior — Peter Richardson — Blair Trewartha

Edition of 150 copies, of which approx. 105 will be for sale.
ISBN 978-1-926948-22-5 — Price $22



2015-2016 TITLES — FORTHCOMING

Saplings on the Median
Poetry chapbook by Danny Jacobs

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. Other details to follow

Edition of 125 numbered copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-30-0 — Price & other details tba



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.”

The Poets:
Margaret Avison –Tim Bowling – Alice Burdick – Don Coles – Nancy Holmes – M. Travis Lane – Irving Layton – Ross Leckie – Dennis Lee – Sharon McCartney – Carmelita McGrath – Don McKay – Eric Miller – Vanessa Moeller – Alden Nowlan – Eric Ormsby – P. K. Page – James Reaney – Robyn Sarah – Eleonore Schönmaier – Carmine Starnino – Bruce Taylor – Susan Telfer – Patrick Warner

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. Other details to follow.

Edition of 150 copies, of which approx. 105 will be for sale.
ISBN 978-1-926948-21-8 — Price tba — Due Fall 2015



Milk Teeth
Poetry chapbook by Daniel Kincade Renton

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers.

Edition of 100 numbered copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-27-0 — Price & other details tba



The Human Equation: the Poetry of Jim Johnstone
Literary Criticism Monograph: number two
by Shane Neilson

Details tba

ISBN 978-1-926948-16-4
Price tba — due 2016



2014 TITLES

Swan Dive
Poetry by Michael Prior
Cover and artwork by Angela Yen

Michael Prior is perhaps the most preternaturally talented poet Frog Hollow Press has come across. One of the remarkable features about Michael is, yes, his relatively young age. Yet his poems belie this age–his energetic voice and pop culture enthusiasms are surpassed by a sonorous wisdom that no poet of his generation yet possesses. Swan Dive is an astonishing debut. Based on his recent successes, Prior is on an Atwood-like trajectory and I honestly don’t know where Michael’s work will end up. The current clutch of poems is a small sample size fixed in time, but I have very high hopes for him. — Shane Neilson

Reviewed by Jay Ruzesky in The Malahat Review.

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. 40 pp.
Edition of 125 numbered copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-24-9 THIS TITLE HAS NOW SOLD OUT.



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. The list of assembled poets is a holistic who's who of Canadian poetry: Christian Bok, George Elliott Clarke, Alden Nowlan, Steven Heighton, Ken Babstock, Milton Acorn, Susan Holbrook, Travis Lane, Wayne Clifford, and more. 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.

The Poets:
Milton Acorn — Ken Babstock — Gary Barwin
Derek Beaulieu — Linda Besner — Gregory Betts
Christian Bok — Mark Callanan — Margaret Christakos
George Elliott Clarke — Wayne Clifford
Jesse Patrick Ferguson — Steven Heighton
Susan Holbrook — Jim Johnstone — Katie Jordon
M.Travis Lane — Ian Letourneau — Laura Lush
A.F. Moritz — bpNichol — Alden Nowlan — Mark Sampson
Nick Thran — Zachariah Wells

Edition of 150 numbered copies, of which approx. 105 will be for sale.
ISBN 978-1-926948-18-8 84 pp Price $22.


Ur-Moth
Poetry by Claire Kelly

As is the case with many young female poets, Claire Kelly's first chapbook contains narratives of romance and poems that function according natural imagery and myth. But her work is formally varied - this chapbook contains a prose poem, a glosa, ekphrasis, and a very closely observed sequence - and it also works with themes of many masculine poets (war and violence). Thus Kelly isn't easily categorizable and the skill displayed within her lines pushes well past the mark expected in a debut. "How to Fall on a Sword: A Step-by-Step Guide" is alone worth the price of admission; so rare that a young one can movingly instruct the old in metaphor.

Reviewed in The Malahat Review

Edition of 100 copies. 36 pp.
ISBN 978-1-926948-20-1 Price $20.


Small Data
Poetry by Steve Noyes

Featuring short, tight lyrics of lexical exuberance, Small Data showcases the best work of Steve Noyes’ career to date. This small collection builds on Noyes' familiar humour and emotion, adding to the data already compiled about Noyes: a deft showman.

Edition of 125 copies. 48 pp.
ISBN 978-1-926948-17-1 Price $20.



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.



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