Laws & Locks


Muscled and big boned as Lowell’s poems on his ancestors, Chad Campbell’s lines hold enough feral energy to carve a small farm out of the great hardwood forest. This work is just and transcendent. A marvelous debut. –Tim Lilburn
Leaving the Island


St. Kilda is a barren, rocky archipelago 60 km off the west coast of Scotland. In 1930, harsh conditions led the islands’ remaining 36 inhabitants to relocate to the mainland. Left behind were seabirds and a population of feral sheep. In Leaving the Island, her first poetry collection, Talya Rubin enters the isolated lives of those last Kildareans, and probes the “desert places”—to use Frost’s phrase—in herself. Written during a series of extended trips abroad, including stays in Australia and Greece, Rubin’s poems return, again and again, to a psychological landscape where “mud and rock / and sea and salt and oily smell / of fish and fowl is all, all.” Rife with exacting wordplay and frank self-reckonings, Leaving the Island is a book about endings and what remains when we start over.
The Scarborough


The Scarborourgh takes place over three days in 1992: Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday—the weekend 15-year-old Kristin French was abducted and murdered by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. In poems both opulent and stricken, ravishing and unflinching, Michael Lista—nine, at the time—revisits those dates, haunted by the horrifying facts he now possesses. Inspired, in part, by Dante’s Inferno, Virgil's tale of Orpheus’ descent into the underworld for Eurydice, as well as the Bernardo trial itself—where the judge ruled that the gallery could hear the video tapes of the crimes, but not see them—Lista’s poems adhere to a single rule: you cannot gaze at the beloved you seek to rescue. The Scarborourgh is book about Bernardo that doesn’t show us Bernardo, a conceptual project that ignores its concept. Shiveringly bold, it is a major achievement.


Praise for Bloom:

"There aren't many Canadian books of poetry that are anticipated with quite so much excitement as Michael Lista's debut, which has been the talk of the town for some time. But the book outpaces the expectations even of those kindly disposed to it.”—Quill and Quire (which named Bloom a Book of the Year)

“Lista has here brought together potent ingredients, at once harmonious and dissonant, in a container with metal enough to withstand blasts from poems being split apart and reincarnated.”—The Globe and Mail

“A brilliant, erudite new voice on the Canadian poetry scene."—Montreal Gazette
Radio Weather


Clear-eyed, musical, deeply-considered and deeply-felt, Radio Weather contends with the inhospitable. Bringing both child and adult perspectives to bear, it calls to account both the living and the dead. Brilliantly-crafted and wise, occupying a provisional space that is both wary and compassionate, somewhere ‘between what we didn’t want and what we could afford,’ these are poems of great psychological tension, poems for grown ups.–Patrick Warner
Satisfying Clicking Sound


Praise for Satisfying Clicking Sound

"Poet and critic Jason Guriel solidifies his place in CanLit with substantial contributions to both fields. . . Most of Guriel's poems open outward, including insight, mischief and wordplay." –Quill & Quire Previous praise for Jason Guriel:

"What no one wants to admit is that most of the so-called avant-garde poets can't write, and most of the so-called lyric poets can't think. Guriel strikes a bold middle ground; he consistently strives to overlay serious lyricism with serious aesthetic commentary, and he does so with grace, effortlessness, and humour." —Maisonneuve

"[Pure Product] may well be that rare thing: a collection to be lived with." —The Globe and Mail

"These poems, often about disposable parts of our culture, are frenetically alive. They infuse the products they exemplify with a life, a valency, an irrepressible energy." —Arc Poetry Magazine<

"For sheer entertainment, it’s worth checking out Toronto writer Jason Guriel’s second collection." – Barbara Carey, Toronto Star

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
Global Poetry Anthology 2013 Global Poetry Anthology 2013
Mary Dalton
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
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
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