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The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011 reviewed on Toronto Quarterly

By Tightrope Books | February 1st, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Toronto Quarterly calls The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011 “impressive” and an “eclectic and diverse collection of Canadian poetry.”


Read the full article on the Toronto Quarterly blog.


Best Canadian Poetry Reading in Barrie on Monday, March 21st

By Nico | March 17th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The Best Canadian Poetry in EnglishJoin us at Robert Simpson Brewing Co, located at 107 Dunlop Street East in Barrie this Monday, March 21st at 9 pm for a reading from some of the poets featured in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010.

Featuring readings from Adrienne Gruber, Maureen Hynes, Jim Johnstone plus Best Canadian Poetry in English Series Editor Molly Peacock and Barrie poet Bruce Meyer.

Presented by the Society of the Spoken Word and Tightrope Books.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook or click here to learn more about The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010.

We hope to see you there!

By Tightrope Books | September 13th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Sue Sinclair read at the Bryant Park Reading Room “Word For Word” poetry series with six other Canadian poets, including: Ken Babstock, Nick Thran, Matthew Tierney, A.F. Moritz, and Molly Peacock. As guest blogger for the Bryant Park Blog, Anne Lovering reviewed the States-side reading with an enthusiasm for Sinclair’s and the other poets’ experimentation with letters, words, phrases, and ideas; it is exactly the sort of reaction that we hope poetry continues to inspire on our own home court. To read the review, just follow your literary convictions: http://blog.bryantpark.org/2010/08/word-for-word-poetry-blogs_24.html

Sue Sinclair read “Cherry Trees,” a poem which will be published in Tightrope Books’ Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010 anthology, and will be launching at the Vancouver Writer’s Festival on October 23 and in Toronto on October 28. It will be available for purchase on our website shortly.

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.

Tightrope Teaser Tuesday: The Best Canadian Poetry In English, 2009

By Tightrope Books | November 4th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Welcome back for another installment of Tightrope Teaser Tuesday, where we give readers a brief look into one of our new or forthcoming titles. This week’s teaser comes from The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2009, edited by A.F. Moritz and with series editor Molly Peacock.

The 50 poems in the collection were selected from a long list of 100 poems drawn from Canadian literary journals and magazines. With this anthology, readers – often baffled by proliferating poems and poets – will be able to tap into the remarkable and vibrant Canadian poetry scene, checking out the currents – and cross currents – of poetry in a volume distilled by a round robin of distinguished editorial taste.

The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2009 can be purchased from our office at 602 Markham St., or online from our website.

Please enjoy “Teaching English” by Tom Wayman, one of the fifty fantastic poems featured in this year’s edition of Best Canadian Poetry.

Teaching English

What does English not know
that it needs to hear from me? So many instructors
have drawn its attention to the absurd spelling,
how chopping a tree down
is not the opposite of chopping a tree up.
The language has endured enough talk
about the “they’re”/“their”/“there” wackiness
and users’ continual bafflement
over the purpose of the apostrophe.

Can I convey anything
to help English function better
where it earns a paycheque
or during intimate encounters?
I regard it, scratch my head.
It stares back at me while it sits,
headphones on, earbuds pumping music
directly into the auditory nerve,
vocabulary shrinking along with
cognitive ability—consequence of too much television
before age three, perhaps, or excessive cellphone use
—eyes blank
as a missing comma.