Black thoughts, wistful regrets, and wise-ass jokes — Jon Cone's new chapbook of poetry gives us a middle-aged writer facing his own mortality, a poetic whistling in the dark.

Yesterday I was like young.
It didn’t seem peculiar to anyone.
The ordinary is a blue cup leaking by a white plate.
It rains. I wander interstate
the inkless vein that fuels.
I think it would be nice to leave this room.


Jon Cone grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with his wife and two cats. His most recent collection is Least (Greying Ghost).

4.75 x 8.5 in., 32 pages, hand sewn and bound, with french flaps

ISBN 978-0-9866214-7-5

Published, November 2017, in an edition of 75 numbered copies.

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Introducing “One Poet/One Poem,” our new series of short, affordable, attractive chapbooks.

In I regret everything, JonArno Lawson makes a memorable addition to the category of list poems:

I regret that I slept through the storm,
and also that I got swept away from the surface
when all was calm beneath. 


Whether it’s music, pointless Novembers, or giving the wrong people a second chance, our disconsolate poet indeed regrets just about everything. Why, then, is his poem so energizing and possibly even funny?

JonArno Lawson is the author of many books for adults and children, including The Hobo’s Crowbar, Uncle Holland, Enjoy it While it Hurts, and Sidewalk Flowers. He lives in Toronto.

4.25 by 6.75 in., 24 pages, stapled

ISBN 978-0-9866214-6-8

Published, February 2017, in an edition of 150 copies.

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In these nine brief essays the young author-to-be learns that he is only the fourth-funniest in his class, sees a dead body, contemplates artistic failure, goes fishing, and tips over in a chair.

“In the winter our street became as dreary as a Russian landscape. So one December my parents took us to Miami Beach. The hotel was enormous, with vaulted ceilings and huge tables covered in glass bowls brimming with exotic blooms. When my brothers and I weren’t roaming the corridors we were out on the private beach of creamy sand, building complicated castles and moat systems. We took breaks only to swim, or rather play, in the ocean, diving into the oncoming waves and feeling the tug of the undertow that wanted to keep us down forever ...”

Cary Fagan is the author of six novels and three story collections, including A Bird's Eye, My Life Among the Apes,and Valentine's Fall. He has also published many books for children.

Illustrated by Sophie Fagan

5.5 by 7 in., 36 pages, hand sewn and bound, with french flaps

ISBN 978-0-9866214-5-1

Published, September 2016, in an edition of 150 numbered copies.

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From the afterword:

“Each of the 8th and 9th century Tang poems I selected for this collection opens a moment of stillness in a situation of loss, hesitation, sea change.

“My own translations might be called free improvisations; or variations upon a latticework of themes; or experiments in rearranged prismatic perspective, as though each poem were viewed from three distinct vantage points. The original Chinese poems knead the rhythms of silence into line and verse, and frequently they obscure the position of the speaker to favour fragments of landscape. Certain variations transmit these absences, sometimes with such devotion to the task that they dissolve nearly as soon as they begin; other variations fill the emptiness up with my own experience of the original poem, and take on gradients of melancholia, disorientation, obsession. The forms of my variations condense or expand, withdraw or explode, carry the original’s spirit faithfully across or wilfully extend that spirit’s intent.”

6.5 by 6.5 in., 36 pages, hand sewn and bound, with french flaps

ISBN 978-0-9866214-4-4

Published, June 2016, in an edition of 150 numbered copies.

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The city lies limp on the old sea floor, dreaming of ancient tides.

Toronto’s buried watercourses murmur beneath Maureen Scott Harris’s poems, quietly insisting we stop and pay attention.

Sometimes the poet finds blue and green places in the urban landscape and sometimes she doesn’t, mourning the paved-over creeks and hidden river beds. Her glimpses of nature in a grubby, sagging city give the reader a new perspective on forgotten worlds.

Poet and essayist Maureen Scott Harris has published three collections of poetry: A Possible Landscape(Brick Books, 1993), Drowning Lessons(Pedlar Press, 2004), awarded the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and Slow Curve Out(Pedlar Press, 2012), shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets’ Pat Lowther Award.

4.75 by 8.5 in., 26 pages, hand sewn and bound, with french flaps

ISBN 978-0-9866214-3-7

Published, March 2016, in an edition of 150 numbered copies.

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A flash mob of ants. Maple saplings growing up through an abandoned car. A landscape haunted by what is neither ghost nor spirit nor angel.

In this suite of eighteen exquisite poems, Don Domanski contemplates our place in the natural world with an agnosticism bordering on faith.

Don Domanski was born and raised in Cape Breton and now lives in Halifax. The author of nine books of poetry, he is a recipient of the Governor General's Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award.

His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Czech, Portuguese, Arabic, and Chinese.

“If a modest intention of poetry is to stop time, then Don Domanski succeeds masterfully in Fetishes of the Floating World. This numbered series of eighteen reflective poems, published by espresso (an imprint of paperplates books) in a beautifully crafted chapbook, is in lockstep with eternity.”
— Nicholas Power, Cadence #4

4.75 x 8.5 in., 28 pages, hand sewn and bound, with french flaps

ISBN 978-0-9866214-2-0

Published, May 2015, in an edition of 150 numbered copies.

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