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Zigzag
Loris Lesynski
1550378821
Sept 2004
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K - Twenty-two silly rhymes about kindergarten life. Beginning with "Kindergarten Rocks!" the rollicking poems are full of energy and opportunities for participation. "Anything's a Drum" makes for an ideal action poem with the cadenced lines, "anything's a drum drum/a can can be a drum drum/tabletop's a drum drum/chair a double chum drum." There is a logical progression to the selections, beginning with a verse about the start of the school day and flowing naturally into offerings about art activities, the classroom hamster, alphabet and math games, walking home safely, and the comfort of an after-school kitchen. The watercolor cartoons show examples of student art projects and the joy of participating in classroom activities. Many of the selections are appropriate for fingerplays and action rhymes...


The Waste Land and Other Poems (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
T. S. Eliot
1593082797
March 2005
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If Youre Not From The Prairie
David Bouchard, Henry Ripplinger (Illustrator)
0689820356
June 1, 1998
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-6?Blazing skies in bright blues bounce from the full-page acrylic illustrations that face every page of poetic text in this piece about modern-day life on the prairie. Ripplinger's paintings are done in a realistic style somewhat similar to Andrew Wyeth's. In them, a young boy and his dog play through every season on farmlands, prairie fields, and country roads. He and his friends have a snowball fight in front of a large country house and board the school bus in a winter blizzard. The child walks in a creek bed in solitude and down the road beside his dad. For the most part, the accompanying verse is well written. The dialogue style works well rhythmically and makes for a possible story hour or program read-aloud. Adults would also enjoy this nostalgic piece that ends with the boy a grown farmer:...


Hey World, Here I Am!
Jean Little
006440384X
Apr 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
Poetry-writing Kate Bloomfield, star of Kate and Look Through My Window , returns to share--in both poetry and prose--her views on love, life and other adolescent experiences. Ages 9-up. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 5-9-- A funny and poignant collection of poems, observations, and vignettes about life, friendship, family, identity, and love, as if from the journal of Kate, a young teenager who also springs to life in two other books by Little. It's a difficult task to evoke an adolescent's voice without writing painfully (for readers) like one. Fortunately, whenever the style is in danger of becoming too polished, an ingenuous phrase saves it; and whenever it leans too much to the adult perspective, a poem straight from...


Alligator Pie (Collector's Edition)
Dennis Lee, Frank Newfield (Illustrator)
1552633381
May 1, 2001
Hardcover
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Margaret Laurence
"You can almost hear the skipping ropes slapping on the sidewalk."

Book Description
"Alligator Pie, alligator pie, If I don't get some I think I'm gonna die. Give away the green grass, give away the sky, But don't give away my alligator pie!" You savored it as a child. You served it every night to your children. Now it's back-the tasty, delicious nonsense of Alligator Pie, in a collector's edition complete with the original artwork from the classic 1974 edition. Dennis Lee's wonderfully playful rhymes, along with Frank Newfield's memorable illustrations, have enchanted two generations of young readers. What better way could there be to discover the magic of books?

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Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Walt Whitman
1593080832
January 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
As scholarship has made its importance to American letters more manifest, editions of the 1855 version of Whitman's masterpiece have multiplied. This one, prepared in honor of the poem's 150th anniversary, will be hard to beat. Edited by major Americanist Reynolds (Walt Whitman's America, etc.), it comes as close as possible, without being a facsimile, to reproducing Whitman's original text, which he famously self-published. The familiar litho of the young rough with open collar opens the book, and Reynold's terrific and informative afterword closes it, along with contemporary reviews (some written by Whitman himself) and Emerson's famous letter ("I greet you at the beginning of a great career..."). Those who know Whitman only through the beautiful but bloated 1892 "deathbed" edition of Leaves of Grass will find...


15 Canadian Poets X 3
Gary Geddes
0195416430
June 2001
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Book Description
This is the fourth edition of Gary Geddes' highly successful anthology of Canadian poetry. All of the poets included in the previous editions have been retained, although their selections have been carefully reconsidered. Among new poets added to this edition are Anne Carson, Dionne Brand,
Daphne Marlatt, and Fred Wah.


Edgar Allan Poe & the Juke-Box
Elizabeth Bishop
0374146454
Feb 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This book is as much Alice Quinn's as Elizabeth Bishop's. The New Yorker poetry editor spent countless hours with the 3,500 pages of Bishop (1911–1979) material housed in the Vassar College library, and particularly with two notebooks that contain drafts from the period 1936–1948, which, Quinn says in an introduction, furnished the "kernel" of the book. None of the material (aside from "One Art," of which 16 drafts are included as an example of Bishop's exacting process) was marked by Bishop for publication but, as Quinn notes, much of it has been quoted extensively by Bishop scholars. Quinn, who also directs the Poetry Society of America, hopes this volume "will provide an adventure for readers who love the established canon," and it is, indeed, a fan's book. But it also contains...


Life of Pi
Yann Martel
0156030209
May 2004
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Book Review
Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting "religions the way a dog attracts fleas." Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker ("His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth"). It sounds like a colorful setup, but these wild beasts don't burst...


Stranger Music : Selected Poems and Songs (Vintage)
Leonard Cohen
0679755411
November 1, 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
Cohen is probably best known as the writer of the lyrics for the song "Suzanne," made famous by Judy Collins, but has written a great many other songs, too, as well as poetry and prose poetry not set to music. In reading through this generous selection, one often hears the ghost of musical accompaniment, and sometimes its actual presence is missed. The writing alone, forthright in its rhythms, plain of speech, often rhymed, and almost immediately accessible, seems well suited to the ears of a live audience. So fans of the songs will be in luck, here; but readers who prefer slow subtleties, or a kind of poetry that gradually expands in meaning on rereading, or ambitious craft, won't find it in a piece like "For Anne," which begins "With Annie gone, / Whose eyes to compare / With the morning sun?" Cohen's writing...


Autobiography of Red
Anne Carson
037570129X
July 1999
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Book Review
Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red is a novel in verse, the author's first. A classicist by profession as well as a poet, Carson has drawn on antiquity for her cast, updating the myth of Geryon and Herakles. In the original version, of course, Herakles killed the red-skinned, winged Geryon. In Carson's very contemporary retelling, he merely inspires, but does not return, the monster's passion. By choosing Geryon as her central character, Carson can bring up the questions of existence as if they hadn't been asked before. After all, the monster's instincts have not been numbed by civilization. Fires twist through him. We feel the pain of learning the most elementary things, and then the volcanic intensity that comes with that more advanced thing, love. Yet Carson doesn't so much tell the story of Geryon's love...


Life of Pi
Yann Martel
0156027321
April 2003
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Book Review
Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting "religions the way a dog attracts fleas." Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker ("His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth"). It sounds like a colorful setup, but these wild beasts don't burst...


Plainwater : Essays and Poetry (Vintage Contemporaries)
Anne Carson
0375708421
March 28, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Despite her fastidious, ornately post-modern style, Carson finds her subject matter in classicism. The fruits of this unique, difficult combination are strikingly displayed in this selection of her published work. Seemingly composed of equal parts enigma, experiment and exegesis, Carson's writings incorporate a dizzying spectrum of forms?prose poem, mock interview, travel journal, academic essay. "Mimnermos: The Brainsex Paintings" explores what are perhaps figmentary fragments of the ancient Greek poet's work, which divulges "a kind of hunger for the motions of the self that we are mining still." The blurb-like, often humorous paragraphs and prose poems of "Short Talks" (which are "on" subjects as varied as chromoluminism and Sylvia Plath) and "The Life of Towns" (with stops in "Apostle Town" and "Town of Greta...


The Journals of Susanna Moodie
Margaret Atwood
0395880432
Oct 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
The poetic/artistic exploration of what it means to find yourself thrown into a hostile environment, these poems by Margaret Atwood and silk-screen illustrations by Charles Pachter are based on the journals of Canadian pioneer Susanna Moodie. The setting allows Atwood to write cutting lines about the fundamental tensions in creating and defining a self. One such tension, the assertion of will on the world as well as on one's self, set against the spirit-crushing tribulations of loneliness and hopelessness, is especially electric. The Journals of Susanna Moodie is a beautiful and hypnotic book.

Review
"The poetry is moving, readable, engaging, and beautifully printed with Pachter's powerful, expressionistic, and highly original images.?A wonderful complement of poetry...


Oryx and Crake
Margaret Atwood
0385721676
March 2004
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Book Review
In Oryx and Crake, a science fiction novel that is more Swift than Heinlein, more cautionary tale than "fictional science" (no flying cars here), Margaret Atwood depicts a near-future world that turns from the merely horrible to the horrific, from a fool's paradise to a bio-wasteland. Snowman (a man once known as Jimmy) sleeps in a tree and just might be the only human left on our devastated planet. He is not entirely alone, however, as he considers himself the shepherd of a group of experimental, human-like creatures called the Children of Crake. As he scavenges and tends to his insect bites, Snowman recalls in flashbacks how the world fell apart.

While the story begins with a rather ponderous set-up of what has become a clichéd landscape of the human endgame, littered with smashed computers and abandoned...



The Hand I've Been Dealt
A. P. Fuchs
0595299768
Oct 2003
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What the Stones Remember : A Life Rediscovered
Patrick Lane
1590302540
September 13, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In January 2001, Canadian poet Lane emerged from two months in an addiction treatment center, sober after 45 years of steady, heavy drinking and drug use. He had to learn to live with a raw new self at age 62, and this book, part memoir, part diary, told month by month, chronicles his first year, retrieves his past and records the seasonal cycle of the garden he tends on Vancouver Island. Lane's parents were both alcoholics from mill and mining towns where heavy drinking and family brutality were normal. His impressionistic memories, painful and poetic, probe the secrets of his younger self. Lane's now-dead mother, beautiful, overworked with five children, unfaithful to his father during WWII, a gardener herself and quite mad for part of her life, haunts him literally—he sees her in the garden at...


Life of Pi
Yann Martel
0151008116
June 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting "religions the way a dog attracts fleas." Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker ("His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth"). It sounds like a colorful setup, but these wild beasts don't burst...


Rock Woman at Rest
Dawn Marie Nevills
059535176X
Apr 2005
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Book Description
Lovers of quirky humour, thoughtful reminiscences of innocent times, love and affectionate feminist observations will enjoy this romp through city and county, with Canadian author Dawn M. Nevills.

"Poetry was the television of yesteryear." Be drawn into a dual city/rural "otherworld", where three television stations (when it isn't snowing too badly), small, friendly creatures, assertive begetable gardens, fond memories, and the best of medicinal laughter and tears, make up this “everyman” collection of poetry and writing.

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Lovers of quirky humour, thoughtful reminiscences of innocent times, love and affectionate feminist observations will enjoy this romp through city and county, with Canadian author Dawn M. Nevills.

"Poetry was the...



Runaway: Stories
Alice Munro
1400077915
November 2005
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Review
“Alice Munro has a strong claim to being the best fiction writer now working in North America. Runaway is a marvel.” –Jonathan Franzen, The New York Times Book Review

Runaway may very well be the synthesizing work of one of literature’s keenest investigators into the human soul.” –USA Today

“She outjoices Joyce and checkmates Chekhov. . . . Each of the stories in Runaway contains enough lived life to fill a typical novel. . . . Her women are heroic. . . . They endure in the mind of the reader.” –The Boston Globe

“As with so many of Munro’s stories, you read to have your premises altered and deepened. Could anything be better? . . . A beautiful new work.” –Los Angeles...


Crow Lake
Mary Lawson
0385337639
January 2003
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Book Review
Canadian writer Mary Lawson's debut novel is a beautifully crafted and shimmering tale of love, death, and redemption. The story, narrated by 26-year-old Kate Morrison, is set in the eponymous Crow Lake, an isolated rural community where time has stood still. The reader dives in and out of a year's worth of Kate's childhood memories--when she was 7 and her parents were killed in an automobile accident that left Kate, her younger sister Bo, and two older brothers, Matt and Luke, orphaned. When Kate, the successful zoologist and professor who is accustomed to dissecting everything through a microscope, receives an invitation to Matt's son's 18th birthday party, she must suddenly analyze her own relationship and come to terms with her past before she forsakes a future with the man she loves. Kate is still in turmoil over the...


Still in the Dreamtime
Derek Robinson
1896860990
November 30, 2001
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Book Description
Still in the Dreamtime is comprised of both old and new poems on a variety of themes, contemplating the sensuality of being and “the edge of nothingness.” Derek Robinson’s work celebrates the natural and metaphysical worlds in a voice that is at once contemporary and classical, in forms that range from the epigram to the ode. An important work by a strong new voice in Canadian literature, Still in the Dreamtime is sure to appeal to poetry enthusiasts.

About the Author
Derek Robinson is a poet of exceptional sensitivity and depth. Born in Vancouver, he moved to Vancouver Island in 1971. His first book Child was published in 1975, followed by Twelve Poems. His work has appeared in a number of magazines. He published The Inner Shore in 1985, in collaboration with...


Scorpio's Fire
Samantha L. Cooper
0595374832
Jan 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Samantha Cooper’s spicy poem book is a roller coaster ride of emotions filled with interpretations for the ages that one can relate to. It offers the raw passion and rage of a women scorned, loved and adored. Reward yourself and don’t let this compelling book pass you by it has something for everyone!

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Samantha Cooper's spicy poem book is a roller coaster ride of emotions filled with interpretations for the ages that one can relate to. It offers the raw passion and rage of a women scorned, loved and adored. Reward yourself and don't let this compelling book pass you by it has something for everyone! --This text refers to the Digital edition.

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Northrop Frye's Fearful Symmetry: A Study Of William Blake (Collected Works of Northrop Frye)
Northrop Frye, Nicholas Halmi
0802089836
November 2004
Hardcover
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Review
A magnificent, extraordinary book. . . . Several great poets have written of Blake, but this book is the first to show the full magnitude of Blake's mind. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
This book is still recognized, fifty years later, as having ensured the acceptance of Blake as a canonical poet by permanently dispelling the widespread notion that he was the mad creator of an incomprehensible private symbolism.


Runaway: Stories
Alice Munro
140004281X
October 2004
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Review
Alice Munro has been accused of telling the same story over and over, and to a certain extent the characterization is true. Her subject matter is inevitably the vagaries of love between middle-aged people in some rural Canadian setting, trapped there by the combination of their desires and weaknesses. Or, if not love, then at least the mysteries of relationships as characters struggle to understand each other and themselves. But this thematic single-mindedness can hardly be considered a criticism considering Munro tells stories better than anybody else and with a level of precision matched by few. It would be like criticizing Shakespeare for writing about politics.

Runaway is no exception. The stories take place throughout Canada--northern Ontario, the Prairies, the West Coast, Stratford--and feature women and men...



The Hand I've Been Dealt
A. P. Fuchs
0595660967
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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