In this chronicle of 2020, Ronna Bloom experiences a year of seeing
strangers with eyes full of “tears,” of frozen dinners instead of
family gatherings, of forgetting even how to ask questions. “And make
me a right-now compassion rattle,” cries the poet, “for the sickness
and the / sacred are the same path.”
5.5 x 8.5 in., 28 pages, hand sewn and bound, with french flaps
Published, March 2022, in an edition of 100 numbered copies.
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
Published, March 2016, in an edition of 150 numbered copies. [Sold out]
“Mrs. Mitchell was wearing shorts when she opened the front door. I had never seen legs like hers in real life, only on billboards. Maybe she’d forgotten I was coming. I could look through her house and out the back door to a patch of sunny grass. She slipped on a pair of ballerina flats and led me into her kitchen. A fancy magazine folded open to a photograph of a twelve-layered prune cake lay on the counter. A cake without icing.”
A memoir by the poet Jane Munro, who has published a number of collections, including Blue Sonoma, which won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.
4.75 x 8.5 in., 30 pages, hand sewn and bound, with french flaps
Published, June 2018, in an edition of 100 numbered copies. [Sold out]
In this collection, Sandra Alland composes at the bizarre intersection
of disability poetics, computer software, queer feminism and translation.
From the afterword:
“I have fibromyalgia, a condition that causes fatigue, cognitive disturbances and severe pain. I once spent two years barely able to hold a pen. One of the ways I cope with fibromyalgia pain is to use voice-activated software — a program called Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The computer types what I dictate. Or so the theory goes ... ”
Alland is also the author of Proof of a Tongue (McGilligan Books, Toronto, 2004), Blissful Times (BookThug, Toronto, 2007) and Here's To Wang (Forest Publications, Edinburgh, 2009).
Co-winner of the 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award
4.75 x 8.5 in., 32 pages, hand sewn and bound, with french flaps
Published, December 2012, in an edition of 150 numbered copies. [Sold out]
Geese haphazardly assembling
fall down through dark
and wild swans neck and neck
in the early morning parabola of this broken bowl.
Ten poems by novelist and publisher Beth Follett.
5.5 × 8.5 inches, 24 pages, hand-sewn into paper covers
Edition of 150 copies
Published in 2010 [Sold out]
Autumn was delivered from the mouth of a crow,
cawing. Dark laughter.
Bright skies cheered us on
but we had nothing to say. We invented
pleasant greetings in the cool,
Memory, loss, and mourning figure in this poignant collection by the novelist Martha Baillie.
4.75 × 8.75 inches, 24 pages, hand-sewn into paper covers
Edition of 75 copies.
Published in 2002 [Sold out]
In Hanky, the narrator’s lonely, ordered life is thrown off course when she is tricked into taking care of a less than lovable shi-tzu for what is promised will be only a few days. But when the dog freezes to death on her apartment balcony, she faces a dilemma: tell the owners the truth and pay the possibly outrageous price or find a more or less convincing replacement? In working out the solution, she will discover that life’s disasters may also, absurdly enough, have their rewards.
4.5 × 7.5 inches, 46 pages, hand-sewn into paper covers
Edition of 50 copies
Published in 2001 [Sold out]