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CATALOGUE: 2014


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.

Offered as a limited edition numbered book of 80 pp. Printed on 57 lb. 100% PCW paper. Endsheets. Typeset in Garamond Premier Pro. Edition of 150 copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-15-7 Price $22 – due late April 2014.

Regular Edition

ISBN 978-1-926948-15-7

2014

22.00

$30.00 (incl. s/h)

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Small Data

by Steve Noyes

Edition of 125 copies ISBN 978-1-926948-17-1 Other details tba - due Summer 2014

Regular Edition

ISBN 978-1-926948-17-1

2014

20.00

$25.00 (incl. s/h)

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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 Other details tba. - due Summer 2014.



The Human Equation: the Poetry of Jim Johnstone

Literary Criticism Monograph: number two
by Shane Neilson

Note: an earlier version of this critical essay was published in 2011 under the title: Proofs & Equational Love: the poetry of Jim Johnstone by Jason Guriel and Shane Neilson

ISBN 978-1-926948-02-7 This title is no longer available.

Edition of 150 copies. ISBN 978-1-926948-16-4 Price and other details tba – due Summer 2014



The Child Alone

The Kid Series: volume two
Brian Bartlett, editor

For this second volume Brian has chosen “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 2014-15.



CATALOGUE: 2013


The whole and broken yellows: Van Gogh poems and others

Poetry by Jennifer Zilm
Shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award

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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.

Offered as a limited edition sewn chapbook of 125 copies. Printed on 50 lb. Glatfelter Extra Bulk with a full-colour cover. Typeset in Dolly and Dolly Small Caps. 42pp.

Regular Edition

ISBN 978-1-926948-14-0

2013

20.00

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The Critique of Pure Reason

Contemporary Canadian Poets, volume 8
Poetry by Ross Leckie
Cover art by George Raab

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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 Gaspereau 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.

Offered as a limited edition sewn chapbook of 45 pp. Printed on 57 lb. 100% PCW paper with a full-colour cover featuring an etching and aquatint by George Raab. Endsheets. Typeset in Garamond Premier Pro.

Edition of 125 numbered copies. ISBN 978-1-926948-13.3. 2013.
NOTE: This item has now 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 Leckie@unb.ca 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

Literary Criticism Monograph: number three
by Shane Neilson

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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.

Offered as a Sewn soft-covered limited edition book of 52 pp. Printed on 57 lb. 100% PCW paper with a full colour cover and multiple greyscale endpapers. Full colour cover. Typeset in Garamond Premier Pro.

Edition of 150 numbered copies of which approx. 100 are for sale.

Regular Edition

ISBN 978-1-926948-12-6

2013

17.50

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Friar Biard’s Primer to the New World

an illustrated poem
Poetry by Asa Boxer
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.
And so it begins…

48 pp. Chapbook printed on 70 lb paper. Edition of 150 numbered copies of which #43-150 are for sale.


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Regular Edition

ISBN 978-1-926948-08-9

2013

25.00

32.00 (incl. s/h)

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Epoch

Poetry by Jim Johnstone
Artwork 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.
Printed on Mohawk Via 'vellum', this book has been released as a numbered limited edition, Smyth-sewn chapbook with covers printed on archival and acid-free St-Armand's 'white cotton' and flyleafs of Japanese Yamato Chiri. The typeface, 'Minion Pro', was designed by Robert Slimbach of Adobe. 44 pp.
Edition of 100 numbered copies. This title has now SOLD OUT

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Seawrack

Contemporary Canadian Poets, volume 7
Poetry by David Helwig
Cover art 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.
Offered in two bindings, both of which have been printed on acid-free, archival 80 lb. Mohawk Superfine Text. Covers have been printed using an Epson printer with K3 pigment inks. Typeface: Sabon, designed by Jan Tschichold. 108 pp.


Deluxe Edition: (HC) An edition of 30 numbered case-bound books, cloth-over-board; printed on a white cotton Japanese bookcloth; Nepalese Lokta endpapers; headband. Price $60.00.

Regular Edition: (PB) An edition of 80 numbered Smyth-sewn books with a St-Armand white cotton cover and Nepalese Lokta flyleafs. Price $28.00.

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Deluxe Edition

ISBN 978-1-926948-09-6

2013

$60.00

$72.00 (incl. s/h)

Regular Edition

ISBN 978-1-926948-10-2

2013

$28.00

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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.

Printed on archival Mohawk Via Vellum, this book has been released as a limited edition, Smyth-sewn chapbook. Covers were printed on archival and acid-free St-Armand`s ‘white cotton’ using an Epson 3800 with K3 pigment inks. Cover and title page photographs are by Patricia Robinson. Flyleafs are of Nepalese Lokta. The typeface, ‘Mrs. Eaves’, was designed by Zsusana Licko of Émigré Fonts.

Limited edition of 100 numbered copies of which #16-100 are for sale. 40 pp.

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Regular Edition

ISBN 978-1-926948-07-2

2013

$22.00

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CATALOGUE: EARLIER RELEASES

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Against

Contemporary Canadian Poets: Volume 3
Poems by Sharon McCartney.
Wood engravings by George A. Walker.

In Against, McCartney's femininity is rancourous, carnal; her style breathless and breath-taking. Her urge to say is sublime; the poems are oral, suggestive. She writes from the trenches of a doomed relationship, a natural arc that follows a fractious togetherness to a worn, measured retrospection. In Against, love does end, but not before it coughs and hurrahs.

Each poem is a bête-noire, an antic anti, a railing against something, be it cleanliness, an oblivious competitor, or skunks. Thus it's a collection that shows versatility of subject and of mood, a collection that's mired in life, that refuses to succumb, that defiantly writes back, that writes against. There is no sad-sack pining here, only a lesson that love is brief, and to be treasured, and, as the conclusion attests, perhaps its only real province - and compromise - is memory. — SN

REVIEWED BY:

The Malahat Review #162, Summer 2008 (pp.93-95) by Rhonda Batchelor;
Books in Canada (Dec.2007) by Andreae Prozesky;
and by Zachariah Wells on his blog "Career Limiting Moves".

Originally offered in two bindings (the deluxe case-bound version is now Sold Out), this book is printed on acid-free, archival Mohawk Eggshell 80 lb. Text. Typeset in Dolly, with Chiller for display. 64 pp. All books are numbered and a card signed by the author will accompany each book.

Regular Edition: (PB) An edition of 150 numbered Smyth-sewn books with a cover of mould-made Saint-Armand and a flyleaf of cotton Indian paper. Regular price $20. (6 copies remain.)

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Deluxe Edition

ISBN 978-0-9735847-8-3

2007

NA

SOLD OUT


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ISBN 978-0-9735847-9-0

2007

$12.50

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Approaches to Poetry:
the pre-poem moment (anthology)

Edited by Shane Neilson.

Essays & Poems by: Mark Abley - Brian Bartlett - John Barton - Stephanie Bolster - Tim Bowling - Ron Charach - Evie Christie - Wayne Clifford - Geoffrey Cook - Jason Dewinetz - Crispin Elsted - Ben Hart -
Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst - Amanda Jernigan - Jim Johnstone - Monica Kidd - M.Travis Lane - Nyla Matuk - Alison Pick - Harold Rhenisch - Claire Sharpe - Goran Simic - Sue Sinclair - David Solway - Carmine Starnino - Sara Tilley - Zachariah Wells.

"The origin of poetry is presumed to be song; but what is the origin of the poem? This anthology attempts to explain the origins of original poems by asking 27 poets to create a dialogue with a favourite poem (their own) in the form of an essay. The poets were given free reign in answering; some were short and sharp, others ranged further, thinking of the essay as an opportunity to discover the means of poetry, how biography and image and the right words render themselves unto a poem. The results are sometimes essayistic and sometimes indivisible from their poetic origins. Poets can be as various as reaching back to Robert Browning, sideways to a heteronym, or forward to the process of revision. Each of the poets surprised themselves as they trawled their consciousness, discovering not just the elements of their poems, but their process." - Shane Neilson

REVIEWS

Reviewed by Jason Guriel, "The Murk of Poem-Stuff," in CNQ number 81, Winter/Spring 2011, pp. 83-86.

Offered in two bindings, both printed on acid-free, archival 80 lb. Mohawk Eggshell paper. Covers are printed on Japanese silk bookcloth and on custom-made St-Armand papers using an Epson printer with K3 pigment inks.
208 pp.

Deluxe Edition: (HC) An edition of 30 numbered case-bound books, cloth-over-board; endpapers; headband. Regular price was $70. (14 copies remain)

Regular Edition: (PB) An edition of 200 numbered copies, of which #90-200 will be for sale. Smyth-sewn; paper cover; flyleaf. Regular price was $40.

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Deluxe Edition

ISBN: 978-0-9810354-4-4

2009

$30

$42.00 (incl. s/h)


Regular Edition

ISBN: 978-0-9810354-5-1

2009

$15

$23.00 (incl. s/h, etc.)

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Alden Nowlan & Illness

Canadian Masters Series: Volume One.
Poems selected and essay by Shane Neilson with fore- and after-words by Gregory Cook and Robert Gibbs.
Original wood engraving by Wesley Bates.

Letterpressed book.

This deluxe volume was originally offered in an edition of 150 hand-sewn Coptic-bound books for $125. In 2008, the remaining 35 copies were commercially bound in a traditional cloth-over-boards format and offered at $90.

Hand-printed on Magnani Book Biblos, a mould-made paper from Italy; endpapers are cotton paper. Edition of 150 numbered copies, including 25 for private distribution. 96 pp. (17 copies remain)

REVIEWS

Robert Moore, Books in Canada, January-February 2006.
Eric Marks, The New Brunswick Reader, November 5, 2005.
Vincent Hanlon, The Canadian Medical Association Journal, Vol. 173, July 19, 2005.

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Letterpressed HC Book

ISBN 0-9735847-0-X

2005

$35

$50 (incl. s/h, etc.)

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The Book of Widows

Contemporary Canadian Poets: Volume 6.
New poems by M.Travis Lane
Wood engravings by George A.Walker

Notes from the Editor: "Travis Lane has crafted a book comprised of grief: the first half is devoted to grieving myths, taking famous widows and their kicking sorrows; the second half is visceral grief, the poet's own, focusing on the death of her husband and its aftermath. This is a morbid collection in the best sense: funereal and felt, a resigned protest against what can't be fought, the inevitability of all things returning to poetry." - Shane Neilson

REVIEWS

The Book of Widows was reviewed by Patricia Young in The Fiddlehead, #244 Summer 2010 Poetry Issue, pp. 206-208.

Offered in two bindings, both of which are printed on acid-free, archival 80 lb. Mohawk Eggshell paper. Covers are printed on bookcloth and mould-made papers using an Epson printer with K3 pigment inks. 64 pp

Deluxe Edition: (HC) An edition of 30 numbered case-bound books, unbleached cotton Japanese bookcloth-over-board with batik endpapers, flyleafs, headbands. (7 copies remain)

Regular Edition: (PB) An edition of 70 numbered Smyth-sewn books with covers of mould-made Saint-Armand 'white cotton' paper; batik flyleaf. SOLD OUT

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Deluxe Edition

ISBN: 978-0-9810354-9-9

2010

$25

$34 (incl. s/h)


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ISBN: 978-0-9865437-0-8

2010

n.a.

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Commentary on a Non-Existent Self-Portrait

Poetry by Katie Jordon
Cover art & illustrations by Hayden Menzies

Katie Jordon’s debut chapbook, Commentary on a Non-Existent Self-Portrait, contains poetry of two formal kinds of attention. The first section of the chapbook consists of a series of ekphrastic pieces that use the work of Gustav Klimt as a springboard for Jordon to launch into elements of her own life and imagination, creating poetry that has the ache of a fraught family history. The second section of the book consists of erasures: Jordon whittled the journals of her dying father down to the nub, creating poems that sit as spectral disembodiment. Fully homage, they attest to an unmentioned love; diaristic yet crafted as otherworldly narratives of displacement, the poems are a retrieval of the procedure of life, the dwindling, the details. The love of this second section is for those of us who survive. The love is for audience, a cropped love on enigmatic display through erasure.

Cover and text have been printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Superfine; the binding is Smyth-sewn into a soft cover; full-colour illustrations. Flyleafs: Nepalese Lokta - Font: Arno Pro. 48 pp.

Edition of 100 copies of which 85 are for sale.

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ISBN:978-1-926948-06-5

2012

$24.00

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Elegies

Poetry by Madeline Bassnett

The poetry in Bassnett's first chapbook wraps around the reader like the snakes of the Caduceus staff. Her poems are about death and illness, but they are primarily texts of feeling: harrowing word-borne devices that wrest the perspective of emotion from experience.

Printed on 70 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum, hand-sewn into a cover of Khadi cotton rag and wrapped in St-Armand 'white cotton' (full-colour print); flyleafs of handmade Khadi 100% cotton rag. Typeset in 'Dolly' and 'Dolly Small Caps' from Underware Fonts, The Netherlands. Coloured illustrations. 32 pp.

Chapbook. Edition of 100 numbered books of which 85 are for sale.

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Chapbook

ISBN:978-1-926948-04-1

2011

$21.50

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Exhibition Catalogue

Poetry by Claire Sharpe

In the letter accompanying her submission, Claire Sharpe wrote: "Please find attached the current work in progress, provisionally entitled 'Exhibition Catalogue.' The idea behind it is to try to encourage people to perhaps look at a poem in a similar manner to the way in which they might consider a piece of abstract art, and without a firmly declared reference or image to rely on."

Printed only on 70 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a cover of St-Armand’s mould-made 'white cotton' (printed full colour); flyleafs are of starched cotton. Typeset in 'Mrs. Eaves' designed by Zuzana Licko of Émigré Fonts. Coloured illustrations. 32 pp.

Chapbook: Edition of 100 numbered books of which 85 are for sale.

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Chapbook

ISBN:978-0-9865437-8-4

2011

$24

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Exterminate My Heart

Contemporary Canadian Poets: Volume 4
Poems by Shane Neilson.
Wood engravings by George A.Walker.

New poems from Shane Neilson about the loves of his life and his rediscovered love of life. Poems come under the headings Absolution at Big Park, Love Life, Prenuptial, etc. With titles like “Monsterology,” “Disney Propaganda” and “Your Daughter’s Weird,” these poems are neither bedtime lullabies, nor your usual love poems. Instead, they are honest, edgy poems about being a father and about finding out, after a dodgy start, what it means to be a loving and loved husband. Poems that look back to a steamy love affair that failed and several that try to make sense of his relationship with his mother round out this collection of poems about trying, failing, and trying yet again.

REVIEWS

In Prairie Fire online Review of Books (January 2009) by Andrew Vaisius;
in The Fiddlehead (Summer 2008, #236, pp.174-7) by Karen Schindler; and
in Thirsty: a Biblioasis Miscellany (Apr. 13, 2008) by Dan Wells.

Originally offered in two bindings (the deluxe case-bound book is Sold Out), this book is printed on acid-free, archival 80 lb. Mohawk Eggshell paper. Covers are printed on bookcloth and mould-made papers using an Epson printer with K3 pigment inks. Signed and numbered cards will accompany each book. Typeset in Garamond Premier Pro with Trajan for display. 96 pp.

Regular Edition: (PB) An edition of 125 numbered books, Smyth-sewn with a cover of mould-made Saint-Armand and a flyleaf of a cotton paper (India). Regular price $35.

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Deluxe Edition

ISBN: 978-0-9784232-0-9

2008

n.a.

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ISBN: 978-0-9784232-1-6

2008

$12.50

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Fatherhood:
The Poetry of Wayne Clifford

Literary Criticism Monograph: number one
by Shane Neilson

“Wayne Clifford’s ambition is perhaps only dwarfed by the size of the project he is undertaking. Currently, he has a four-book sequence of sonnets planned … thousands of sonnets, comprising a complex narrative…[this] has never been undertaken in Canada…. But this essay is not concerned so much with Clifford’s dimensions. Instead, it considers fatherhood, the dominant theme that is stretched throughout the entire Cliffordian corpus (with the exception of his first book, Man in a Window, which was written when Clifford was not yet a father). I shall focus on the sonnet sequence first, for that is where fatherhood becomes ascendant, and work backwards to earlier, free verse books. This essay does not make the argument that Clifford is our best sonneteer (although that argument could indeed be made), nor does it try to place him in a formalist tradition in Canada. What it is interested in is the father’s role and responsibility as it manifests itself in Clifford’s poetry. It also deals with beauty; specifically the beauty wrung into poetry by children, and a father’s song of experience….” – Shane Neilson

This 36-page chapbook has been printed in an edition of 100 numbered copies on Mohawk Superfine Text and hand-sewn into a cover of Canson Mi-Teintes; flyleafs are Nepalese Lokta. Typeset in Garamond Premier Pro.

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Chapbook

ISBN: 978-1-926948-01-0

2011

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Homing Instinct

Poetry by Shoshanna Wingate

Wingate's first published collection of poetry provides the idea of home, the home of the present and of the past. Home as seen as a mother and wife, home as seen by a child. A rural homewardness that's internal and heavily internally-rhymed, an instinct that wonders where it should settle, or if settling is what it should be called.

REVIEWED BY:

Peter Crymble on The Fiddlehead News blog:
"Show Me the Way to Go Home: Place & Belonging
in Shoshanna Wingate’s Homing Instinct",  March 14, 2012.

Printed on 70 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and hand-sewn into a cover of archival paper wrapped in St-Armand 'white cotton' (full colour print); flyleafs of handmade Nepalese Lokta. Typeset in 'Dolly' and 'Dolly Small Caps' from Underware Fonts, the Netherlands. Coloured illustrations. 32 pp.

Chapbook. Edition of 100 numbered books of which 85 are for sale (at last count, only 27 copies remain)

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Chapbook

ISBN:978-1-926948-03-4

2011

$21.50

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John Glassco and the Other Montreal

Canadian Masters Series: volume two
Selections and essay by Carmine Starnino
Original portrait by Wesley Bates

"Unsmiling and seigneurial, John Glassco stares out from the back of his 1971 Selected Poems. He is sixty-two. His mustache is trimmed, his ascot crisp; a pampered air attends his expression…

Glassco — Buffy, to friends — was at the height of his prestige not only as a poet (Selected Poems would go on to win the Governor-General's Award for Poetry) but as a diversely gifted man of letters. Memoirs of Montparnasse, a sparkling evocation of Paris during the 1920s, had been published to wide acclaim the previous year. It was joined by The Poetry of French Canada in Translation, a landmark anthology where nearly half the contributions were done by his own hand. Adding to these achievements were critical essays, book reviews, short stories, even pornographic novels…
A first-rate stylist, Glassco regarded writing as a challenge best overcome by panache. No matter the genre, he always showed the world a well-cut form. He ran with a pack of Montreal poets, among them F.R. Scott and Ralph Gustafson, who brought something courtly and sophisticated to Canadian Literature…"

And so begins Carmine Starnino's introduction to the book.

REVIEWED BY:

George Fetherling, “Remembering Glassco” in CNQ, Canadian Notes and Queries,   Number 83,   Summer/Fall 2011, pp. 82-84.
Andrew Lesk, "Two Books on John Glassco" in The Malahat Review,   Number 176,   Fall 2011.

Reviews of Brian Busby's A Gentleman of Pleasure (Montreal, McGill-Queen's, 2011) and our John Glassco and the Other Montreal, essay and selections by Carmine Starnino.

Offered in two limited edition bindings and printed on archival and acid-free 80 lb. Mohawk Eggshell Text. Typeset in 'Filosofia' designed by Zuzana Licko of Émigré Fonts with titling in 'Tisa' designed by Mitja Miklavcic. 88 pp.

Deluxe Edition:(HC) An edition of 40 numbered copies, red silk Japanese bookcloth-over-boards, endpapers of reproduction French marbled papers, woven silk head- and tail-bands. (11 copies remain)

Regular Edition (PB) An edition of 70 numbered copies, Smyth-sewn into a cover of bespoke Saint-Armand mould-made paper, batik paper for flyleafs. (23 copies remain)

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Deluxe Edition

ISBN:978-0-9735847-1-4

2011

$60

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ISBN: 978-0-9735847-5-2

2011

$40

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Knife in the Head
(Suicide by Morphine and Paris Green)

Short Story by Mark Anthony Jarman

"Knife in the Head is a story loaded with Jarman's irrepressible prose, a high-wire act that takes the old Canadian west and rockets away with stylistic fervour. Jarman bends the sentence to unexpected places, lets the sentence molt and metamorphose; his short fiction is the enemy of the dull, and this story builds on his usual rocket-launching-pad of a writer's desk."
- Shane Neilson

Offered in two limited edition bindings and printed on archival and acid-free 80 lb. Mohawk Eggshell Text. 48 pp

Deluxe Edition: (HC) Case-bound in an edition of 30 numbered copies, Japanese bookcloth-over-boards; endpapers, flyleafs, headbands. (3 copies remain)

Regular Edition: (PB) An edition of 70 numbered copies Smyth-sewn into covers of Saint-Armand mould-made paper, flyleafs. SOLD OUT

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ISBN: 978-0-9865437-3-9

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ISBN: 978-0-9865437-4-6

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Learning to Dance with a Peg Leg: three dozen tunes for a third mate

Contemporary Canadian Poets: Volume 5
Poems by Wayne Clifford
Drawings by MJ Edwards.

Originally offered in two bindings, both printed on acid-free, archival 80 lb. Mohawk Eggshell paper. Covers printed on linen bookcloth and mould-made cotton and sisal papers using an Epson printer with K3 pigment inks. Typeset in Adobe Jenson Pro roman and swash italics. 80 pp.
SOLD OUT

ISBNs 978-0-9810354-2-0 and 978-0-9810354-3-7, 2009.

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Looking for Tito

Short stories by Goran Simic

Notes from the Author: "The idea behind 'Looking for Tito' is to describe a character who finds himself in odd circumstances in different countries and at different times. The mystery of Tito's name is the mystery of everyday life, in which simple details never cease to surprise us with their complexity once we learn to read people around us. The book's intention resides in the notion that either our past experience wasn't a perfect teacher or, on the other hand, we just might have been bad pupils. The language of the stories is stripped to its essence, emphasizing the basic premise that all the strange details of life can be easily explained."- Goran Simic

Offered in two limited edition bindings, both printed on archival and acid-free 80 lb. Mohawk Eggshell Text. Typeset in Bembo Book, designed by Stanley Morison of Monotype. 96 pp.

Deluxe Edition: (HC) An edition of 30 numbered copies, Japanese bookcloth over boards, endpapers, flyleafs and headbands. (16 copies remain)

Regular Edition: (PB) An edition of 70 numbered copies, Smyth-sewn into a cover of Saint-Armand mould-made paper, flyleafs. (6 copies remain)

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ISBN: 978-0-9810354-7-5

$25

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ISBN: 978-0-9810354-8-2

$15

$23.00 (incl. s/h, etc.)

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Miracle Mile

Short story by Alexander MacLeod.
Title page wood engraving by George A.Walker.

Originally offered in two bindings, this book was printed on acid-free, archival 80 lb. Mohawk Eggshell paper. Covers were printed on bookcloth and mould-made papers using an Epson printer with K3 pigment inks. Typeset in Sabon. 48 pp.
SOLD OUT

ISBNs 978-0-9784232-4-7 and 978-0-9784232-5-4, 2008.


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Now That You Revive

Contemporary Canadian Poets: Volume 2
Poems and Afterword by A.F. Moritz.
Introduction by Shane Neilson.
Wood engravings by Wesley Bates.

In Now That You Revive Al Moritz writes poems of love and desire, of coming to terms with the passage of time and its attendant glimpse back to earlier days. Moritz loves, and is loved, and not without complication. Written concurrently with recently published works and polished over time, these poems reveal a lighter, more playful Moritz than we usually encounter; a Moritz that is accessible and, as always, a joy to read.

Offered in two bindings, this book has been printed on Magnani Biblos. Typeset in Garamond Premier Pro with ITC Garamond Handtooled for display. 80 pp.

Deluxe Edition: (HC) Printed in an edition of 50 books Coptic bound, Japanese bookcloth-over-board with endpapers of handmade St-Armand Old Masters. NOTE: The remaining 25 copies of the Deluxe Edition were case-bound, Japanese cloth-over-boards with Zerkall Ingres endpapers; headbands.

Regular Edition: (PB) Printed in an edition of 140 books Smyth-sewn in an inner cover of St-Armand Sisal with a letterpressed wrap of handmade St-Armand Old Masters.

REVIEWED BY:

Ewan Whyte, The Globe and Mail, Books p.D4, Saturday, June 23, 2007.
Marnie Parsons, Books in Canada, vol.36 #5, Summer 2007, pp.35-36.

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Deluxe Edition

ISBN 978-0-9735847-2-1

2007

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ISBN 978-0-9735847-3-8

2007

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Editing Moritz

Correspondence Between Shane Neilson and A.F. Moritz during the editing of Now That You Revive.
Wood engravings by Wesley Bates.

Companion to Volume Two of the Contemporary Canadian Poets series, Now That You Revive.

Originally printed on Magnani Biblos and Smyth-sewn into an inner cover of St-Armand Sisal with a letterpressed wrap of handmade St-Armand Old Masters paper. Typeset in Garamond Premier Pro with ITC Garamond Handtooled for display. 144 pp.

ISBN 978-0-9735847-6-9, 2007.


Proofs & Equational Love:
the poetry of Jim Johnstone

Literary Criticism Monograph: number two
by Jason Guriel and Shane Neilson

This 32-page chapbook originally published in 2011 in an edition of 100 numbered copies has been revised and is no longer available under this title. Please see our 2014 entries for the new edition. ISBN 978-1-926948-02-7

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Road Trips

Short stories by Rebecca Rosenblum

Notes from the Editor: "In Road Trips, Rebecca Rosenblum asks 'What do we take with us when we go on the road?'
Her answer: ourselves.
These stories of personal complication, of muddied motivations and eclipsing loves, are driven by dialogue. Destinations loom, but aren't reached; characters travel an emotional distance; things change, are broken and are in the process of being saved. The only resolution is
self-knowledge, and knowledge of the passenger." - Shane Neilson

Her stories have appeared in numerous journals.
Her first collection, Once, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was one of Quill and Quire`s 2008 `Fifteen Books That Mattered`- it, and her forthcoming second collection, The Big Dream, are available from Biblioasis.

Offered in two limited edition bindings and printed on archival and acid-free 80 lb. Mohawk Eggshell Text. 48 pp.

Deluxe Edition: (HC) Case-bound in an edition of 30 numbered copies, Japanese bookcloth-over-boards; endpapers, flyleafs, headbands. (11 copies remain)

Regular Edition: (PB) An edition of 70 numbered copies Smyth-sewn into covers of Saint-Armand mould-made paper, flyleafs. (15 copies remain)

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ISBN: 978-0-9865437-1-5

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ISBN: 978-0-9865437-2-2

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$17.00 (incl. s/h, etc.)

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Sea Legend

Poems by Mark Callanan

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2010 BP NICHOL CHAPBOOK AWARD
WINNER OF AN ALCUIN BOOK DESIGN AWARD, 2010

Originally offered as a hand-sewn chapbook (ISBN 978-0-9810354-6-8), this title has now sold out. However, Mark Callanan has posted an electronic version which can be viewed at:
http://issuu.com/markcallanan/docs/sealegend

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A Set of Deadly Negotiations

Sonnets by George Murray.
Letterpressed chapbook.

Originally published as a hand-printed chapbook with text on Magnani Biblos; handsewn into an inner cover of Indian-made paper with an outer wrap of St. Armand 'charcoal'. 40 pp.

ISBN 978-0-9732776-9-2, 2005.


The Stages of J.Gordon Whitehead

Long story by Steven Heighton.
Original artwork by George A.Walker.
In The Stages of J.Gordon Whitehead, Steven Heighton, a master story- teller, playfully invents a history for the student who may or may not have been responsible for the death of Harry Houdini.
Heighton's Whitehead might be thought of as a refugee from irony; ever since his fateful blow to Houdini's stomach, irony stalks him, from the streets of Montreal to the mountains of the American south. The story is not judgemental and even allows for the doomed Whitehead, in his own way, to be redeemed - Shane Neilson.

Originally offered in two bindings, this book is printed on acid-free, archival 80 lb. Mohawk Eggshell paper. Covers are printed on bookcloth and mould-made papers using an Epson printer with K3 pigment inks. Typeset in Garamond Premier Pro with ITC Garamond Handtooled for display. 48 pp.

Regular Edition: (PB) An edition of 75 numbered books, Smyth-sewn with a cover of mould-made Saint-Armand; flyleaf.

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ISBN: 978-0-9784232-6-1

2008

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ISBN: 978-0-9784232-7-8

2008

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their blue drowning

Poetry by Dean Steadman
Paintings by Francoise Steadman

Originally offered in two limited edition bindings and printed on archival and acid-free 80 lb. Mohawk Eggshell Text. Typeset in ‘Filosofia’ designed by Zuzana Licko of Émigré Fonts with display in ‘Tisa’ designed by Mitja Miklavcic. 112 pp. SOLD OUT

ISBNs 978-0-9865437-5-3 and 978-0-9865437-6-0, 2010.

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The Thing about Things

Short story by Andrew Hood

The voice of this story is utterly compelling and sustained. A life is created here, and the secondary characters are vivified as well. The thing about this story is its low-budget wisdom — its philosophy of ends, of nothing, of negation, of never coming due, of withholding and inevitably experiencing more pain. There is a perfect mix of dialogue with exposition and authorly intervention. We feel the main character's wastage, as well as the wastage of the lives around him… building to a quiet epiphany at the end, nothing that goes against his nature, but something that he'd fall into as a natural consequence of just going along with things.

Offered in two limited edition bindings and printed on archival and acid-free 80 lb. Mohawk Eggshell Text. Typeset in ITC 'Stone Serif' and 'Sans Serif' designed by Sumner Stone. 40 pp.

Deluxe Edition: (HC) An edition of 30 numbered copies, Japanese bookcloth over boards, endpapers, and headbands. (14 copies remain)

Regular Edition: (PB) An edition of 70 numbered copies, Smyth sewn into a cover of Saint-Armand mould-made paper, flyleafs.

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ISBN: 978-0-9865437-9-1

2011

$20

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ISBN: 978-1-926948-00-3

2011

$12.50

$17.50 (incl. s/h)

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We Are Not the Bereaved

Poetry by Jesse Eckerlin
Cover art & illustrations by Joshua Bastien

Jesse Eckerlin’s debut chapbook, We Are Not The Bereaved, has no trace of apprenticeship or lack of development. He has left the struggling find-a-voicers behind, once and for all. On a poem-by-poem level, the book feels as if the poet is deep into a career. Every poem is sonically constructed and carefully planned. Some poems prefer the ethereal density of thought; others prefer the slapping of syllabics and sound; some want to ramble and roughneck, others wish to get right to the point of something small, beautiful, and sad. Eckerlin pays homage to a unique catalogue of influences, ventriloquizing, modifying, mixing and ultimately weaving together a book that compares favourably to any debut this country’s seen. A single chapbook does not constitute a trajectory, but it is my hope that in ten or twenty years We Are Not The Bereaved contains the fire and pulse of a life lived entire in poetry.

Cover and text have been printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Superfine; the binding is Smyth-sewn into a soft cover; flyleafs of Nepalese Lokta; 3 pages of full-colour illustrations. Font: Bembo Book. 48 pp.

Edition of 100 copies of which 85 are for sale.

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ISBN:978-1-926948-05-8 2012

$24.00

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