Pith & Wry: Canadian Poetry
edited by Susan McMaster
in a wide variety of voices and styles,
from living authors,
renowned, established, and emerging,
from sea to sea to sea…
Forty-five active Canadian poets whose direct, human voices call their fellow citizens into a broadened horizon.
Through six sections--Entry Points; Beware; The Story Tellers; Appetite; Pith & Wry; and A-New--poet and editor Susan McMaster brings together forty-five Canadian poets from coast to coast who have a stake in communicating with their communities and their country.
“Above all, this anthology presents poems and poets that twinge my sense of the strange, the beyond. Poems that cut straight to the pith—while at the same time casting a wry eye of mature understanding on human passions and despairs. Poets who’ve written something I’d never imagined, and now can’t forget.” —from the Preface by Susan McMaster.
Sylvia Adams, Ottawa; Cameron Anstee, Ottawa; Margaret Atwood, Toronto; Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Iqaluit; Roger Bell, Port McNicoll, near Georgian Bay; Mary Lee Bragg, Ottawa; Ronnie R. Brown, Ottawa; Terry Ann Carter, Ottawa; Monique Chénier, Timmins; Jan Conn, Great Barrington, MA; Lorna Crozier, Victoria; Mary Dalton, St. John’s; Amanda Earl, Ottawa; Kate Eichhorn, Brooklyn, New York; Heather Ferguson, Ottawa; Marty Gervais, Windsor; Peter Gibbon, Ottawa; Katia Grubisic, Montreal; Jeremy Hanson-Finger, Ottawa; Maureen Scott Harris, Toronto; dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Regina; Penn Kemp, London; Sarah Klassen, Winnipeg; Ben Ladouceur, Ottawa; John B. Lee, Brantford; Jeanette Lynes, Antigonish; Alice Major, Edmonton; Blaine Marchand, Ottawa; Dave Margoshes, Regina; Don McKay, St. John’s; Susan McMaster, Ottawa; Bruce Meyer, Barrie; Colin Morton, Ottawa; Erín Moure, Montreal; Mary Ann Mulhern, Windsor; Roger Nash, Sudbury; Marilyn Gear Pilling, Hamilton; Claudia Coutu Radmore, Ottawa; Monty Reid, Ottawa; Grant D. Savage, Ottawa; Rachael Simpson, Ottawa; Carolyn Smart, Kingston; Heather Spears, Copenhagen; Dean Steadman, Ottawa; Betsy Struthers, Peterborough.
Illustrated by Gwen Frankton
About the Author
A leading figure in the Ottawa literary scene for twenty years, Susan McMaster has authored or edited twelve books of poetry and literary arts, has performed across Canada with First Draft, SugarBeat, and Geode Music & Poetry, and has broadcast nationally on Morningside, As It Happens, WordBeat, Richardson’s Roundup, and GO! Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award and the Archibald Lampman Poetry Award. Susan founded the first Canadian feminist magazine, Branching Out, and edited Waging Peace Poetry and Political Action (Penumbra), Dangerous Graces: Women’s Poetry on Stage (Balmuir), and Siolence: Poets on Women, Violence and Silence (Quarry).