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Laurier Poetry


The Laurier Poetry series introduces the excitement of contemporary Canadian poetry to an audience that might not otherwise have access to it. Selected and introduced by a prominent critic, each volume presents a range of poems from across the poet's career and afterword by the poet him- or herself. Economically priced, these volumes offer readers in and out of classrooms useful, provocative, and comprehensive introductions to and contexts for a poet's work.

“Wilfrid Laurier University Press has done a great service to the cause of the preservation and dissemination of Canadian poetry by releasing an average of two such books a year in their continuing series.”
— John Herbert Cunningham, Prairie Fire Review of Books

“The quest for a wider audience for poetry may be quixotic, but this series makes a serious attempt to present attractive, affordable selections that speak to contemporary interests and topics that might engage a younger generation of readers. Yet it does not condescend, preferring to provide substantial and sophisticated poets to these new readers. At the very least, these slim volumes will make very useful introductory teaching texts in post-secondary classrooms because they whet the appetite without overwhelming.”
— Paul Milton, Canadian Literature

“I can say unreservedly that this series will be an invaluable resource to students and general poetry readers alike. Because even major Canadian poets must watch their books slip out of print, this series should do much to keep contemporary poetry in circulation. The books in the series will be logical choices for poetry or Canadian literature courses, either as a group, or as supplements to anthologies. The individual poetry selections are broad enough to give representation to the different stages in each poet's career. While I appreciated some introductions more than others, I found all five valuable in offering the reader a way into each poet's work. Moreover, the poets' afterwords often provide a complementary perspective—or even a counterweight—to the introductory critical appraisals. I think most teachers of poetry are always on the lookout for insightful poetics, not just to help understand the work of individual poets, but to understand more fully what the project of contemporary poetry is, and how poets achieve the desired result. Such teachers won't be disappointed by some fine insights provided by these poets.... [T]he Laurier Poetry Series... is providing an excellent model for keeping interest in Canada's contemporary poets alive.” 
— Paul W. Harland, University of Alberta, Journal of Canadian Poetry

“The aim of the Laurier Poetry series is both admirable and exciting.” 
— Erin Wunker, Canadian Literature

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Post-glacial is a collection of poems by Robert Kroetsch selected by his former student David Eso. The book features Kroetsch’s iconic collection, Completed Field Notes, alongside rare work gathered ...

Social Poesis

Social Poesis introduces readers to the work of one of Canada’s most exciting and challenging poets. Through selections from across Rachel Zolf's poetic oeuvre, this book foregrounds the philosophical, ...


Deportment is a selection of poems – surreal, cerebral, and defiant – by Alice Burdick. Burdick examines the dangers of dogma, women’s rights, and environmental degradation in biting satires, moving ...


“I build this story like my lair. One willow, / a rib at a time”
— “The Crooked Good”

Since 1990, Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe’s work has stood out as essential testimony to Indigenous ...

Space Between Her Lips

Space Between Her Lips presents the first selected works of one of Canada's most important poets of the last few decades. Margaret Christakos writes vibrant, exciting, and intellectually challenging poetry. ...

Certain Details

Nelson Ball has had a significant impact on contemporary Canadian poetry not only as a poet but as an editor, with his Weed/Flower Press in the 1960s and 70s. Certain Details provides a major overview ...

Barking & Biting

This collection brings together representative work from Sina Queyras’s poetic oeuvre. Queyras is at the forefront of contemporary discussions of genre, gender, and criticism of poetry. Her influential ...


Sonosyntactics introduces the reader to over forty-five years of Paul Dutton’s diverse and inventive poetry, ranging from lyrics, prose poems, and visual work to performance texts and scores. Perhaps ...

Guthrie Clothing

Increasingly known as the “poet’s poet,” Governor General’s Award–winner Phil Hall has long been a constructor of intricate sequences, collecting and arranging lines and phrases, artifacts, ...

Chamber Music

Arcing across thirty years and seven volumes, Jan Zwicky’s poetry has always been acutely musical (and sensitive to the silence out of which music comes). In the compositions in Chamber Music, the ...