Best Canadian Poetry 2021 (Paperback)
"This is a book," writes guest editor Souvankham Thammavongsa, "about what I saw and read and loved, and want you to see and read and love." Selected from work published by Canadian poets in magazines and journals in 2020, Best Canadian Poetry 2021 gathers the poems Thammavongsa loved most over a year's worth of reading, and draws together voices that "got in and out quickly, that said unusual things, that were clear, spare, and plain, that made her] laugh out loud ... the voices that barely ever survive to make it onto the page." From new work by Canadian icons to thrilling emerging talents, this year's anthology offers fifty poems for you to fall in love with as well.
Margaret AtwoodKen Babstock Manahil Bandukwala Courtney Bates-Hardy Roxanna Bennett Ronna Bloom Louise Carson Kate Cayley Kitty Cheung Dani Couture Kayla Czaga Sari Dale Unnati Desai Tina Do Andrew DuBois Paola Ferrante Beth Goobie Nina Philomena Honorat Liz Howard Maureen Hynes George K Ilsley Eve Joseph Ian Keteku Judith Krause M Travis Lane Mary Dean Lee Canisia Lubrin Randy Lundy David Ly Yohani Mendis Pamela Mosher Susan Musgrave T a Mutonji Barbara Nickel Ottavia Paluch Kirsten Pendreigh Emily Pohl-Weary David Romanda Matthew Rooney Zoe Imani Sharpe Sue Sinclair John Steffler Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang Arielle Twist David Ezra Wang Phoebe Wang Hayden Ward Elana Wolff Eugenia Zuroski Jan Zwicky
About the Author
Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of five books: Small Arguments (2003), winner of the ReLit Prize; Found (2007), now a short film; Light (2013), winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Cluster (2019); and the short story collection How to Pronounce Knife (2020), winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a New York Times Editors' Choice. She has been in residence at Yaddo and has presented her work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.