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The Dagger Between Her Teeth by Jennifer LoveGrove

This was Jennifer LoveGrove’s first poetry collection and was published by ECW Press in 2002. I read it because I accidentally discovered it on my poetry shelf and it was a complete surprise to me that I owned a copy. I knew the author’s name because I had recently read and reviewed her first novel, […]

The Essential Basho translated by Sam Hamill

On my desk for some time now has been a yellow filing card with the following written on it with a marking pen:

“I do not seek to follow in the footsteps of those of old. I seek only what they sought.”

These words are a translation of the words of the Japanese poet, Basho, […]

Arguments with the Lake/Poetry by Tanis Rideout

The AUTHOR’S NOTE on page 1 of this collection is a very succinct explanation of what she wanted to accomplish and so I repeat it here:

“Marilyn Bell and Shirley Campbell were teenage swimmers, competing along the shores of Lake Ontario in the 1950s. In 1954, at age sixteen, Marilyn became the first person to […]

Onion Man by Kathryn Mockler

The first poetry book I have included on this blog. I am pleased to say that I enjoyed it. It is from the perspective of an eighteen year old woman working in a corn packing plant for the summer in the late 1980s. She has a boyfriend, Clinton, and they both work in the warehouse […]