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Albert B. Casuga Reviews Tightrope’s New Poetry Books

By Tightrope Books | June 15th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

On Albert Casuga’s blog Ambit’s Gambit, he has committed to reviewing four of Tightrope’s latest poetry publications:

The Best Canadian Poetry 2009 edited by A.F. Moritz
Sue Bowness’ The Days You’ve Spent
Ian Burgham’s The Grammar of Distance
Anna Swanson’s The Nights Also

“My pledge is to review them with the patience and appreciation for this literary art which Whitman, Ginsberg, e.e.cummings, et alia almost killed with their “howling.” Rappers continue to assault the art. I pledge to offer any shield I could muster to stop the onslaught of the neo-barbarians.”

We want to thank Albert Casuga for his commitment to Canadian poetry, and to small publishing presses like Tightrope. Casuga has valiantly undertaken the task of “accepting [his] share of the responsibility of restoring poetry to its place of literary eminence” and the reviews and articles on his blog aim to do just that. Help Albert Casuga revive and restore Canadian poetry!

Thanks for all the support you have shown Tightrope Albert, and look out for his reviews of Tightrope’s Spring titles on his blog.

ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippines-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region’s school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines’ De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.

The Toronto Quarterly reviews The Best Canadian Poetry 2009

By Tightrope Books | March 31st, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Darryl Salach at The Toronto Quarterly had this to say about The Best Canadian Poetry 2009:

“The idea of an annual Top 50 poems anthology in Canadian poetry was a brilliant one and I salute those at Tightrope and their prestigious guest editor, A.F. Moritz and series editor, Molly Peacock, for publishing a most enjoyable second edition.”


Check out TTQ 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.

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.