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Guest editor Souvankham Thammavongsa, Giller Prize-winning author of How to Pronounce Knife, brings a keen ear for rhythm, an peerless sense of narrative compression, and an appetite for vital subject matter to this year’s edition of Best Canadian Poetry.


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Guest editor Souvankham Thammavongsa, Giller Prize-winning author of How to Pronounce Knife, brings a keen ear for rhythm, an peerless sense of narrative compression, and an appetite for vital subject matter to this year’s edition of Best Canadian Poetry.

30 review for Best Canadian Poetry 2021

  1. 4 out of 5

    George Ilsley

    An anthology of 50 poems by Canadian writers from a wide range of sources published in 2020. Standouts for me on the first reading were “Dawson” (unexpected delights of summer in a Gold Rush town in the Klondike, by Emily Pohl-Weary) and “The Peace Lily” (the struggle keeping a supermarket flower alive and the relief finally letting it go, by Kayla Czaga). Almost a third of the book is contributor commentaries on their poem, which provide background and insight into process and sources of inspir An anthology of 50 poems by Canadian writers from a wide range of sources published in 2020. Standouts for me on the first reading were “Dawson” (unexpected delights of summer in a Gold Rush town in the Klondike, by Emily Pohl-Weary) and “The Peace Lily” (the struggle keeping a supermarket flower alive and the relief finally letting it go, by Kayla Czaga). Almost a third of the book is contributor commentaries on their poem, which provide background and insight into process and sources of inspiration. A friend of mine says there are 49 poets here, and then they scrape the bottom of the barrel. It goes unsaid, but there is a strong implication that I might be the one at the bottom of that barrel, looking up. It’s not Margaret Atwood, that’s for sure.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzanna

    Personal Favourites: David Romanda, Kayla Czaga, Dani Couture, Kitty Cheung, George K Ilsley, David Ezra Wang

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    Jon Nakapalau

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