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Windfall Apples

Athabasca University Press | Mingling Voices


The venerable tanka and her upstart cousin kyoka mingle with Kerouac’s American pop haiku in five-liner imagist poems and linked sequences. In Windfall Apples, Richard Stevenson mixes east and west with backyard barbecue and rueful reflection.

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Richard Stevenson teaches English and Creative Writing at Lethbridge College. His most recent books include a lyric/narrative collection of poems, Wiser Pills (2008), and two collections of haiku, senryu, and tanka: The Emerald Hour (2008) and Tidings of Magpies (2008).

 
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The dust of just beginning

Athabasca University Press | Mingling Voices


Don Kerr knows prairie culture better than most, he knows it from the inside out. He has made us aware of ourselves through his numerous volumes of poetry, his fiction, his many plays, his histories, and his interest in heritage. In this mature, accomplished collection, we can once again admire his unique prairie voice: minimalist, self-effacing, direct yet subtle and nuanced, immersed in his love of the vernacular language of this place. His line is muscular, his timing impeccable, his broad strokes with so few words . . . exemplary.

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"Kerr's latest is beautifully designed, & full of sharp wit & the (necessary?) awareness of passing time & mortality that comes with age. ... Kerr writes a vernacular open form that moves with ease across literary class lines, but always seeing clearly from below."

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Don Kerr is the author of numerous poetry collections, plays, and short stories. He served on the Saskatoon Public Library Board for eleven years, and as chair for five of those years. He was the first chair of the Saskatoon Heritage Society and the first chair of the Saskatoon Municipal Heritage Committee. He was also the Saskatchewan governor for the Heritage Canada Foundation. He lives in Saskatoon.

 
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Roy & Me

Athabasca University Press | Mingling Voices


Maurice Yacowar challenges genre and form in Roy & Me, a cross between memoir and fiction, truth and distortion. It is the exploration of Yacowar’s relationship with Roy Farran—soldier, politician, author, mentor—and his conflict with Farran’s anti-Semitic past. Best known for his service with the British Special Air Service during World War II, Roy Farran served as a politician in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Premier Peter Lougheed. During his time in Israel as a soldier, Farran allegedly kidnapped and murdered a sixteen-year-old member of the Lehi group, also known as the Stern Gang.

Roy & Me is a memoir that edges toward fiction by venturing into Roy Farran’s thoughts, drawing simultaneously on his writings and Yacowar’s own imagination.

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"Yacowar achieves a tribute to a complicated war hero as he explores the complex nature of memory and mentorship. It's a small gem of a book that deserves to be read, and then reread."

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Maurice Yacowar is professor emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. He has taught at Brock University, where he helped establish Canada’s first film studies program. He was also the founding editor of The Gauntlet, the University of Calgary’s student newspaper, and the author of Sopranos on the Couch: Analyzing Television’s Greatest Series, released in 2003.

 
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Zeus and the Giant Iced Tea

Athabasca University Press | Mingling Voices


Crafting wings out of wax and poems from the underground, Zeus and the Giant Iced Tea is a dreamlike voyage through poetic narrative format, blurring the line between poetry and fiction. Exploring the frenetic lives of Mexican cowboys, robots, sultans, Greek gods, and convenience store clerks, Zeus and the Giant Iced Tea shatters preconceived notions of poetry and instead offers a more accessible strain of literary free flow.

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Leopold McGinnis doesn't know much about art, but he knows what he likes. Unfortunately, it's usually not the same thing everyone else likes, so he's just had to make his own. This includes three novels, The Red Fez, Game Quest, and Bad Attitude, and a collection of poetry, Poetaster.

 
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Dreamwork

Athabasca University Press | Mingling Voices


Dreamwork is a poetic exploration of the then and there, here and now, of landscapes and inscapes over time. It is part of a poetry series on dream and its relation to actuality. The poems explore past, present, and future in different places from Canada through New Jersey, New York and New England to England and Europe, part of the speaker’s journey. A typology of home and displacement, of natural beauty and industrial scars unfolds in the movement of the book.

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Jonathan Locke Hart’s poetry has appeared in many prestigious literary journals, and translations of his poems have been published in Estonian, French, and Greek. Professor Hart teaches at the University of Alberta, and his recent books include Dream China (2002) and Dream Salvage (2003).

 
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Praha

Athabasca University Press | Mingling Voices


Prompted by renowned poet E.D. Blodgett's deep love for and intimate experience of Prague, Praha is a poetic homage to the legendary city's vital spirit. As they build on one another, the poems in the collection lift the reader over the threshold of purely mythic understanding and into the heart of one of Europe's loveliest and most venerable cities. Each poem is accompanied by a translation into Czech, encouraging even those who do not know the language to immerse themselves in its sound. Superbly complemented by the mysteriously eloquent paintings of Czech artist Robert Kessner, Praha offers the moods of Prague in its many seasons and in all its magic.

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E.D. Blodgett is professor emeritus of comparative literature at the University of Alberta and a distinguished poet. He held the Louis Desrochers Chair in Études canadiennes at the Campus Saint-Jean from 2008 to 2010. His publications include Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada, Elegy, and twenty books of poetry. His 1996 collection Apostrophes: Woman at the Piano won the Governor General's Award. He is a past poet laureate of Edmonton, Alberta.

 
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Musing

Athabasca University Press | Mingling Voices


Musing is a book of sonnets. Working within the framework of a classic poetic form, Jonathan Locke Hart embarks on an extended meditation on our rootedness in landscape and in the past. As sonnets, the poems are a mixture of tradition and innovation. Throughout, Hart deftly interweaves European culture with North American settings and experience. The collection opens with a foreword by noted literary scholar Gordon Teskey, who reflects on the themes that have marked the evolution of Hart's poetry. Of Musing, Teskey writes: "These deeply thoughtful poems bring layered historical consciousness into the sonnet. They also touch and stir the heart through all its levels."

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Jonathan Locke Hart's poetry has appeared in many prestigious literary journals, and translations of his poems have been published in Estonian, French, and Greek. He teaches at the University of Alberta, and his recent books include Dream China, Dream Salvage, and Dreamwork.

 
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Dustship Glory

Athabasca University Press | Mingling Voices


In this new edition of a prairie classic, Andreas Schroeder fictionalizes the true story of Tom Sukanen's wild scheme to build an ocean-going ship in the middle of a wheat field in Saskatchewan. Set during the hardships of the "Dirty Thirties," Dustship Glory presents us with Sukanen's mythic effort to escape both the drought and pestilence of his time, as well as his own personal struggle to be free. Featuring an illuminating foreword by beloved Saskatoon writer Don Kerr, Dustship Glory will provide Canadian and international audiences alike with the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the dramatic tale of a ship that still stands in the fields south of Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan.

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Andreas Schroeder is a Canadian novelist, poet, and nonfiction writer. In addition to his twenty-three books, his writing has also been published in over a hundred North American anthologies and magazines. Shaking It Rough: A Prison Memoir was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, and the original edition of Dustship Glory was nominated for the Seal First Novel Award. He lives in the village of Roberts Creek on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast.

 
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The Kindness Colder Than the Elements

Athabasca University Press | Mingling Voices


With wit and cunning, Noble's poems insinuate themselves into the mediations of "we use language" / "language uses us," into the objectification of "mind," into the struggles and cracking of systems. Cuing on Hegel's epochal revitalization of the syllogism, they begin with sentences-cum-arguments that issue from an everyman's intentions and insights, playing into and baiting the "sociality of reason." In the cut-up sentences then come the restless, accelerated themes—themes that exist only in their variations, ghosting into one another like the dusk and the dawn in a winging, distended now.

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Poet, philosopher, and family farmer, Charles Noble divides his time between Banff and Nobleford, Alberta. His most recent books are Sally O: Selected Poems and Manifesto (2009) and Death Drive Through Gaia Paris (2007).

 
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Poems for a Small Park

Athabasca University Press | Mingling Voices


This collection by well-known Edmonton poet, E.D. Blodgett, is an ode to the wisdom and divinity of silence. The poet muses on the quiet of the outdoors and the mysterious relationship that exists between spaces of silence within a city's limits.

Most of the short lyrics that make up this sublime collection were written first in English and French before being translated into Cree, Michif, Chinese, and Ukrainian to reflect Edmonton's multicultural past and present. Together they form a composite view of the people and culture that inhabit the city's natural spaces.

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"E.D. Blodgett's poems strive for stillness. The book reads like a meditation--a quiet moment in a yoga studies or a walk through the park at sunrise--refreshing, but also temporal."

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E.D. Blodgett, FRSC, is professor emeritus of comparative literature at the University of Alberta, and holds the Louis Desrochers Chair in Études Canadiennes at its Campus Saint-Jean. He has published 18 books of poetry, two of which won the Governor General's Award. In 2007, he was appointed Edmonton's Poet Laureate.

 
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