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Speaking of Poems Chooses Babstock

By Tightrope Books | March 29th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Speaking of Poems chose a poem from The Best Canadian Poetry in English as a favourite poem from 2009: “Autumn News from the Donkey Sanctuary” by Ken Babstock.


Autumn News from the Donkey Sanctuary

Cargo has let down
her hair a little and stopped pushing
Pliny the Elder on

the volunteer labour
During summer it was all Pliny the Elder,
Pliny the Elder, Pliny

the – she’d cease only
for scotch thistle, stale Cheerios, or to reflect
flitty cabbage moths


Read the rest of this awesome poem here.

Rover Arts Reviews Best Canadian Poetry 2009

By Tightrope Books | March 8th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Best Canadian Poetry: Formal Grace

Maxianne Berger
March 7, 2010

Fifty-four periodicals submitted their 2008 issues to A.F. Moritz, editor of this second poetry anthology in the Best Canadian series. When Moritz was awarded the 2009 Griffin prize, the judges’ citation referred to “his formal grace”—an aesthetic which clearly underlies his choices. Of the magazines known for publishing edgier work, only PRECIPICe even makes the long list of also-rans. Yet any collection of poems must, perforce, submit to the editor’s idea of excellence, and in this type of anthology, twice-vetted.

Read the full review here.

Best Canadian Poetry and Best Canadian Essays reviewed in Ottawa XPress

By Tightrope Books | February 4th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

“Independent publisher Tightrope Books has illuminated Canada’s literary hopes with compelling and timely anthologies; the publisher now adds two more gems to its list.”

- Cormac Rea for Ottawa Xpress.


Both of Tightrope’s Best Canadian installments from 2009 receive great reviews from Ottawa Xpress. Read the article here.

National Post interviews A.F. Moritz

By Tightrope Books | December 11th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Peacock and Griffin Prize-winning poet A.F. Moritz, editor of this year’s Best Canadian Poetry chats with The National Post’s The Afterward.

“The annual anthology can be a magnet, I think, for the many people who would like to know contemporary poetry but are blocked, sometimes by lack of access, and sometimes by bewilderment, a sense that they don’t know which they should try of the many magazines, and which of the many new books by poets they don’t know by reputation. The Best Canadian Poetry gives a window on that world that is complete in itself but also can act as a guide to further exploration.”

The Varsity article

By Tightrope Books | November 25th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Emily Kellogg writes about Professor Albert Moritz and Best Canadian Poetry in English 2009 for The Varsity.

“Moritz explains that for him, the hallmark of good writing or creating is complete absorption. Writing poetry is his entrance into “a time that is both outside of time and before time.” His passion and reverence for the craft is refreshing, and his rhetorical awareness of the meaning of poetry is compelling.” Full Review.