Afterwords


The belief in translation as an act of self-portraiture drives Afterwords, Geoffrey Cook's ambitious reimagining of German poems by Goethe, Heine, Rilke and Brecht. Cook's versions not only transform these foreign texts into English poems in their own right, but enrich and expand his uniquely prismatic voice. Cook brings a contemporary and Canadian tone to his adaptations, which also showcase the exacting craftsmanship for which his first collection, Postscript, was praised. Afterwords is a book that daringly celebrates authorship as a shared project. "Do you not feel," writes Goethe, "that, in my songs, I am one and the other, too?"
The Hardness of Matter and Water


The Hardness of Matter and Water fulfills a poetic odyssey Québécois poet Pierre Nepveu began over four decades ago. Through a sequence of four prose poems, his anonymous protagonist walks from the heart of present-day Montreal into its southwestern margins, where the metropolis began centuries ago and which now “lays out its memories on the young grass.” Questioning his sense of belonging, social unease and mortality as he walks, and following “a shadowy voice that neither sings nor speaks,” Nepveu transports readers across wide spans of history, geography, metaphysics and speculation.

A 2016 finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in French, rendered in English by award-winning translator Donald Winkler, The Hardness of Matter and Water is poetry at its meditative, insightful best.
Sit How You Want


"Robin Richardson’s poems take no prisoners, have a strange and authentic music all their own, and mark her … as one of the best young poets of her generation."– Thomas Lux

"Richardson uses the poetic image like a tourniquet on the eyes while a self-aware wound is inflicted elsewhere in the imagination."–Margaret Christakos
East and West


“What I love most in these poems is their insistence on being of two minds. There is such tension here between past and present, contact and isolation, heart and head, the resignation of our species to this current moment and its stubborn hopes for a future. What a smart, moving first
book!” – Julie Bruck

“A phrase maker of astonishing power, Laura Ritland’s subjects are civility, kindness, hysteria, the body, art and migration. An achingly elegiac work, East and West surveys the ruins of memory, family and selfhood, and draws out of them a poetic identity rooted in compassion and realism. This
book is magnificent.” – Richard Greene

In East and West, Laura Ritland deploys a penetrating wit, explosive technical prowess, and profound ability to discern the human truths within the muddle of the human condition. The cognitive leaps of this bold and beautiful book.” –Rhea Tregebov
Global Poetry Anthology 2017


Global Poetry Anthology 2017 is a one-of-a-kind collection of contemporary previously-unpublished poems gathered from all corners of the English speaking world. An international editorial board ensures the present volume's cosmopolitan palette, and the "blind" selection process guarantees that choices have been made according to poetic calibre alone.

Vehicule Press's Signal Editions is proud to offer the third volume in the Global Poetry Anthology Series--a rich and exciting mix of established and emerging voices.

Signal Poetry


Since 1981, over one hundred titles have been published in the Signal Editions poetry series—the poetry imprint at Véhicule Press. One-quarter of the list are first-time authors.


About the editor

Poet, essayist and critic Carmine Starnino became editor of Signal Editions in January 2001, succeeding founding editor Michael Harris. Starnino is the author of four books of poetry including The New World which was nominated for the 1997 A.M. Klein Prize for poetry and the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Credo which won the 2001 Canadian Authors’ Association Prize for poetry. He is the editor of The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry. Lazy Bastardism: Essays & Reviews on Contemporary Poetry was published in 2012. He lives in Montreal.
Carmine Starnino
The Chemical Life The Chemical Life
Jim Johnstone
Ship of Gold Ship of Gold: The Essential Poems of Émile Nelligan
Émile Nelligan
Siren Siren
Kateri Lanthier
Table Manners Table Manners
Catriona Wright
Stranger Stranger
Nyla Matuk
Based On Actual Events Based On Actual Events
Robert Moore
Model Disciple Model Disciple
Michael Prior
Late Victorians Late Victorians
Vincent Colistro
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Installations Installations
David Solway
Mockingbird Mockingbird
Derek Webster
Laws & Locks Laws & Locks
Chad Campbell
Leaving the Island Leaving the Island
Talya Rubin
The Scarborough The Scarborough
Michael Lista
Radio Weather Radio Weather
Shoshanna Wingate
Satisfying Clicking Sound Satisfying Clicking Sound
Jason Guriel
Dog Ear Dog Ear
Jim Johnstone
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Dante's House Dante's House
Richard Greene
Birds Flock Fish School Birds Flock Fish School
Edward Carson
Hooking Hooking
Mary Dalton
Grey Tote, The The Grey Tote
Deena Kara Shaffer
Field Notes Field Notes: Prose Pieces 1969-2012
Michael Harris
Sumptuary Laws Sumptuary Laws
Nyla Matuk
Golden book of Bovinities, The The Golden book of Bovinities
Robert Moore
Major Verbs, The The Major Verbs
Pierre Nepveu
All Souls' All Souls'
Rhea Tregebov
Smooth Yarrow, The The Smooth Yarrow
Susan Glickman
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Gift Horse Gift Horse
Mark Callanan
Spinning Side Kick Spinning Side Kick
Anita Lahey
Skullduggery Skullduggery
Asa Boxer
Id Kid, The The Id Kid
Linda Besner
Where We Might Have Been Where We Might Have Been
Don Coles
Meridian Line Meridian Line
Paul Belanger
Circus Circus
Michael Harris
Crow’s Vow, The The Crow’s Vow
Susan Briscoe
Animals of My Own Kind Animals of My Own Kind
Harry Thurston
Boxing the Compass Boxing the Compass
Richard Greene
Penned Penned: Animals in Zoos in Poems
Stephanie Bolster
Morning Gothic Morning Gothic: New and Selected Poems
George Ellenbogen
Dropped Glove in Regent Street, A A Dropped Glove in Regent Street: An Autobiography by Other Means
Don Coles
Ox Ox
Christopher Patton
Postscript Postscript
Geoffrey Cook
Mirabel Mirabel
Pierre Nepveu
Calling Home Calling Home
Richard Sanger
Fielder's Choice Fielder's Choice
Elise Partridge
Words that Walk in the Night Words that Walk in the Night
Pierre Morency
Araby Araby
Eric Ormsby
Histories Histories
Andrew Steinmetz
White Stone White Stone: The Alice Poems
Stephanie Bolster
Island in Winter, The The Island in Winter
Terrence Young
Saracen Island Saracen Island: The Poems of Andreas Karavis
David Solway
Andreas Karavis Companion, An An Andreas Karavis Companion
David Solway
Wind and Root Wind and Root
Brent MacLaine
New & Selected Poems New & Selected Poems
Michael Harris
Signal Anthology, The The Signal Anthology
Michael Harris
Fault Line Fault Line
Laura Lush
Long Cold Green Evenings of Spring, The The Long Cold Green Evenings of Spring
Elisabeth Harvor
Facts Facts
Bruce Taylor
Tinker's Picnic, A A Tinker's Picnic
Peter Richardson
Green Alembic, The The Green Alembic
Louise Fabiani
New World, The The New World
Carmine Starnino
What Dante did with Loss What Dante did with Loss
Jan Conn
Keep it All Keep it All
Yves Boisvert