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Torontoist review of Best Canadian Poetry

By Tightrope Books | November 19th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment



Torontoist review of Best Canadian Poetry

“Selecting the “best” in a year of Canadian poetry is a fraught, laborious task, and the audacity of the project is lost neither on Series Editor Molly Peacock or on this year’s Editor A.F. Moritz. In fact, Best Canadian Poetry in English is proving to be equally concerned with printing the year’s top 50 poems as it is with documenting the difficult process of selecting them. These documentary elements – the inventory of contact information for the magazines considered, the dutiful list of the 50 poems that didn’t make the final cut – are both celebratory (How lovely you all are; How hard everyone has worked) and a little bit apologetic (Dear lit mags, we’re sorry that Stephen Harper has a bit of hate-on for you; Dear long-listed poets, we’re truly heartbroken that we couldn’t print your work). Somebody has to say it: it’s all very Canadian.” More…