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Arc’s 2021 Poem of The Year Shortlist

From this shortlist, we are asking you, the readers, to pick your favourite poem and vote for it to be the Readers’ Choice Award winner. The poem with the most votes will receive the $250 Readers’ Choice Award.

VOTING IS CLOSED on Arc’s 2020 Poem of The Year Shortlist

From this shortlist, we are asking you, the readers, to pick your favourite and vote for one poem to be the Readers’ Choice Award winner. The poem with the most votes will receive the $250 Readers’ Choice Award. Voting closed on April 30, 2020. Arc reserves the right to disqualify results that appear to have […]

Holiday by Ian Burgham

Arc 82 is in stores and on magazine stands now. Pick up an issue for great reviews, essays, and poetry, including “Eyes” by Ian Burgham.

Eventuality by Robin Richardson

Arc 82 is in stores and on magazine stands now. Pick up an issue for great poetry and a review by Robin Richardson on Susan Holbrook.

Books Received in 2016

Arc accepts review copies and advance reading copies of books of and on poetry from Canadian and international publishers. The books reviewed online and in print by Arc are selected by the reviewers, the Reviews Editor and the Managing Editor, based on aesthetic and thematic considerations, timing and space. The following list is an account of the books submitted to Arc in 2016.

Tending Wounds: Fionncara MacEoin’s Not the First Thing I’ve Missed

Not the First Thing I’ve Missed, Saskatoon poet Fionncara MacEoin’s debut collection, anthologizes the break and swell of the everyday. The book indexes shortcomings, poverty, addiction, the transience of home, and the promising breadth of nature. Despite the book’s title, it is hard to imagine, with her spare, merciless, fearless verse, that MacEoin misses much […]

Wrestling with Location: Laurie D. Graham’s Rove

Working at the knot of settler guilt and regional identity, Laurie Graham explores the creation and maintenance of inherited and local memory in Rove, her book-length long poem debut. Swiftly moving, self-assured, plainspoken, loose, funny, and pressing in its occupations, this is a book you read cover to cover in one sitting. And then you […]

Calling Through the Cold: Allan Cooper and Harry Thurston’s The Deer Yard

Given the immensity of Canada’s geography and the breadth of its poetic styles, it’s surprising that poetic correspondences, such as the one between Allan Cooper and Harry Thurston, don’t occur more frequently. The Deer Yard is a verse exchange that invokes the Wang River Sequence between 8th c. Chinese poets Wang Wei and his friend […]

Who Can Resist?: bpNichol’s Organ Music

  There have been an enormous number of bpNichol titles produced over the past few years. Organ Music is one such volume, a longer version of Selected Organs (Black Moss Press, 1988) that contains one previously unpublished poem. It is constructed of eleven autobiographical sequences of prose poems composed throughout the 1980s on the subject […]

Corresponding with Loss: Memory and mourning in Anne Michaels’ Correspondences

With its plain and elegant construction that evades the orientating features of title, spine, back copy, Correspondences, Anne Michaels’ beautifully unconventional book-length poem, invites the reader into a pleated Möbius strip. “Forgive me, for beginning / at the end,” she writes in the midst of a poignant and evocative elegy whose very form echoes the […]