Quill and Quire

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Fall preview 2014: poetry and graphica

In the July/August issue, Q&Q looks ahead at fall’s most anticipated titles.

POETRY

Don't Let It End Like ThisA quorum of crows will be your witness,” writes Lisa Robertson in her new volume, a follow-up to 2013’s book of essays, Nilling, and the poetry collection Magenta Soul Whip, which was one of The New York Times’s top 100 books of 2010. A long poem addressing questions of philosophy and history and cast as “a Möbius strip of language,” Cinema of the Present (Coach House Books, $17.95 pa., Sept.) features four different back covers, designed by the artists Hadley + Maxwell. • In Paul Vermeersch’s fifth book of poetry, following 2010’s The Invention of the Human Hand, an apocalyptic vision is created through metatextual tactics including collage and erasure poetry. The new collection, complete with the defiantly unpunctuated title Don’t Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something ($18.95 pa.), appears with ECW Press in October. • Michael Lista made a splash with his debut, the 2010 collection Bloom (a Q&Q book of the year). No stranger to controversy, Lista follows that book with a blistering poetic examination of the 1992 Easter weekend on which Kristen French was kidnapped and murdered by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. The Scarborough ($18 pa., Sept.) is published by Véhicule Press.

From Goose Lane comes a major retrospective of the work of East Coast poet and Griffin winner Don McKay. Clocking in at close to 600 pages, Angular Unconformity: The Collected Poems ($45 cl., Oct.) is a career-spanning look at the work of one of this country’s most significant poetic voices. • Also on the way is a single-volume retrospective of poems from W.H. New. Selected (Oolichan Books, $19.95 pa., Sept.) collects poems from 10 volumes released between 1996 and 2011. • In October, Talonbooks will bring out a single volume containing all the published, unpublished, and uncollected works by B.C. poet Phyllis Webb. Peacock Blue: The Collected Poems of Phyllis Webb ($39.95 cl.) is edited by John F. Hulcoop.

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