Talking to Strangers

Talking to Strangers is a book of bracing encounters. Throughout her four decades as poet, Rhea Tregebov has displayed an uncommon eye for the mysteries of ordinary life—moments where, as she writes, “[t]he simplest things / elude me.” This gift is brought to brilliant effect in her eighth book of poetry and most charged to date. In gorgeous arias of recollection and evocation, of elegy and heartbreak, Tregebov mourns, praises, prays, regrets, summons, celebrates, and bears witness with formidable artistry and tenderness (“You wouldn’t think the inanimate would get tired /but it does.”) Direct, never forced, keenly observant, and marked by scrupulous craft, these new poems unfold in beguiling, often breathtaking ways. They confirm Tregebov’s place among the most significant poets of her generation.

National Animal

National Animal, Derek Webster’s second book of poetry, inhabits a wider public space than his acclaimed debut Mockingbird. In poems that extend beyond the biographical toward the political, Webster’s quiet, sharp-eyed narrator—a man “tripping / my way forward, trying to lead my own life”—watches history being erased in favour of more socially palatable ideas and comforting self-portraits. Uncompromising and substantial, National Animal explores our “civic moment” where "birds sing oblivion / estranged from all things," and meditates, in a final image-rich sequence, on our place in a science-based cosmos.

States of Emergency

"Yoyo Comay's States of Emergency strikes as playful and precise; a lyrically-dense debut of hush and urgency, screeching calm across such restless, incredible silence."—rob mclennan

"For Yoyo Comay, poetry is an emergency room where the body of the human being and the world, torn apart, riddled with fear, can seek respite, kind hands, perhaps even healing. States of Emergency shivers with the voice of a unique new poet of relentlessly clear, if violent, vision."—A.F. Mortiz

"Yoyo Comay's States of Emergency is a soul-cry whittled into a dagger: this long form poem, visceral to its core, gives off the heat of an open wound. A descent into a controlled madness where 'harmonies of disaster/thaw and hatch.' A most assured debut."—Michael Redhill

“Yoyo Comay’s power to turn a phrase, however enigmatic, is startling. Reading States of Emergency, I feel like an oboe player encountering Jimi Hendrix.”—Richard Greene
Quicker Than The Eye

Praise for Joe Fiorito:

"[Fiorito] is a master of sparsity—there are no wasted words here, no lingering sing-song rhymes or repetitive pentameter. Each word is carefully chosen, shaping each line with sometimes delicacy, sometimes bluntness. His pen is a scalpel. With a cool surgical incision he dissects memories."—Michael Sobota, Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal

“Fiorito proves himself a storyteller of remarkable gifts: there’s an aura of dignity and beauty over events, sometimes terrible, sometimes tender.”—Esquire

“Joe Fiorito writes like a rough-hewn angel.”—The Globe and Mail

“Fiorito has all the right stuff.”—Mordecai Richler

Praise for Susan Glickman:

“These lyric poems have an unassuming grace and clarity.”—Barbara Carey, Toronto Star

“Glickman’s striking sensory poems are tightly controlled, even choreographed, with music.”—Crystal Hurdle, Canadian Literature

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
While Supplies Last While Supplies Last
Anita Lahey
The Four-Doored House The Four-Doored House
Pierre Nepveu
Durable Goods Durable Goods
James Pollock
Wolf Sonnets Wolf Sonnets
R. P. LaRose
Infinity Network Infinity Network
Jim Johnstone
Mother Muse Mother Muse
Lorna Goodison
Words are the Worst Words are the Worst: Selected Poems
Erik Lindner
Antonyms for Daughter Antonyms for Daughter
Jenny Boychuk
Hallelujah Time Hallelujah Time
Virginia Konchan
NPM Bundle #6 NPM Bundle #6: Celebrating National Poetry Month
The Montreal Poetry Prize Anthology 2020 The Montreal Poetry Prize Anthology 2020
Eli MacLaren et al.
The Montreal Poetry  Prize Anthology 2020 The Montreal Poetry Prize Anthology 2020
Eli MacLaren et al.
Little Housewolf Little Housewolf
Medrie Purdham
Nectarine Nectarine
Chad Campbell
Fathers at Hockey Fathers at Hockey
Richard Sanger
Lost Family Lost Family: A Memoir
John Barton
No Grave for This Place No Grave for This Place
Judy Quinn
NPM Bundle #5 - Governor General Award Winners NPM Bundle #5 - Governor General Award Winners: Celebrating National Poetry Month
NPM Bundle #4 - Montreal Poets NPM Bundle #4 - Montreal Poets: Celebrating National Poetry Month
NPM Bundle #3 - The Poets Laureate NPM Bundle #3 - The Poets Laureate: Celebrating National Poetry Month
NPM Bundle #2 NPM Bundle #2: Celebrating National Poetry Month
NPM Bundle #1 NPM Bundle #1: Celebrating National Poetry Month
The Outer Wards The Outer Wards
Sadiqa de Meijer
All I Have Learned Is Where I Have Been All I Have Learned Is Where I Have Been
Joe Fiorito
Versus Versus
William Vallières
Resisting Canada Resisting Canada
Nyla Matuk
What We Carry What We Carry
Susan Glickman
The Suicide's Son The Suicide's Son
James Arthur
Afterwords Afterwords
Geoffrey Cook
The Hardness of Matter and Water The Hardness of Matter and Water
Pierre Nepveu
Sit How You Want Sit How You Want
Robin Richardson
East and West East and West
Laura Ritland
Global Poetry Anthology 2017 Global Poetry Anthology 2017
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
Global Poetry Anthology 2015 Global Poetry Anthology 2015
Editors of the Global Poetry Anthology
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
Global Poetry Anthology 2013 Global Poetry Anthology 2013
Editors of the Global Poetry Anthology
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
Global Poetry Anthology 2011 Global Poetry Anthology 2011
Editors of the Global Poetry Anthology
Gift Horse Gift Horse
Mark Callanan
Spinning Side Kick Spinning Side Kick
Anita Lahey
Skullduggery Skullduggery
Asa Boxer