Versus


From Montreal's metro stations and streets to pastoral mise-en-scènes, William Vallières' first book, Versus, is a lyric bildungsroman filled with portraits of seduction and infatuation, loneliness and buried shame. "What yesterday had fought to bud / Is stunted under ice today." These are darkly canny poems about childhood, familial histories, lost love and the weariness of spending one's "being being / Everything I'm against." Deftly crafted, intense and compact, with barbed insights arrived at through verbal twists and syntactic half-turns, Vallières' voice is entirely his own.
Resisting Canada


The poems included in Resisting Canada address, among other things, Indigenous agency, cultural belonging, environmental anxieties, and racial privilege. These poems ask us to judge and resist a statecraft that refuses to acknowledge past and present wrongs. Think of Resisting Canada as a poetic letter to Canada’s politicians and leaders.

Resisting Canada gathers together 28 poets for a conversation bigger than poetic trends. Its organizing principle is Canada—the Canada that established residential schools; the Canada grappling with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; the Canada that has been visible in its welcome of Syrian refugees, yet the not-always-tolerant place where the children of those refugees will grow up; the Canada eager to re-establish its global leadership on the environment while struggling to acknowledge Indigenous sovereignty on resource-rich land and enabling further colonization of that land. In the face of global conflicts due to climate change, scarcity, mass migrations, and the rise of xenophobic populisms, Canada still works with a surface understanding of its democratic values—both at their noblest and most deceptive.

The poets:
Jordan Abel
James Arthur
Marie Annharte Baker
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Wayde Compton
Beth Cuthand
Rosanna Deerchild
Marilyn Dumont
Marvin FrancisLouise
Bernice Halfe-Sky Dancer
Jim Johnstone
El Jones
Christine Leclerc
Canisia Lubrin
Lee Maracle
Sachiko Murakami
Arleen Paré
Michael Prior
Shane Rhodes
Janet Rogers
Armand Garnet Ruffo
Ingrid Ruthig
Gregory A. Scofield
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Karen Solie
Moez Surani
Derek Webster
Rita Wong
What We Carry


These are beautifully written, intelligent, accessible poems. - Cary Fagan, Writers' Trust Newsletter

A keen awareness of mortality underlies the poems in Susan Glickman’s vibrant seventh collection...These lyric poems have an unassuming grace and clarity. – Barbara Carey, Toronto Star

The respect paid to nature in this book is palpable and the sadness at its destruction is equally strong. The technical dexterity is as powerful as the emotions and shows a poet at the peak of her creativity. - Candace Fertile, Quill & Quire
The Suicide's Son


The poems in James Arthur’s new collection, The Suicide’s Son, convey a mastery of resonance and form...irony and playfulness. - Cora Sire, Montreal Review of Books

Still, there is something in the opening gesture of an Arthur poem that has a sobering effect on our sensibility. ... Particular ideas or claims, like the statement of the belief in original sin, operate as centrifugal forces around which the narrative and imagistic pieces of an Arthur poem find their orientation. - Darren Bifford, HANGWIRE
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?"

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 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
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
Beauties on Mad River Beauties on Mad River
Jan Conn
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