The Anansi Blog

STEPHEN HEIGHTON WINS THE #GGBOOKS AWARD FOR POETRY! October 28 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that The Waking Comes Late by Steven Heighton has won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry! Congratulations, Steven! “Steven Heighton’s The Waking Comes Late is a journey deepening as we read. He locates the complexities of the personal in a wide range of social issues, while playing masterfully with … Read More

STEPHEN HEIGHTON WINS THE #GGBOOKS AWARD FOR POETRY! October 28 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that The Waking Comes Late by Steven Heighton has won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry! Congratulations, Steven! “Steven Heighton’s The Waking Comes Late is a journey deepening as we read. He locates the complexities of the personal in a wide range of social issues, while playing masterfully with … Read More

THREE ANANSI TITLES SHORTLISTED FOR GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD October 05 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that three House of Anansi Press authors have been shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards: Fiction: The Break, Katherena Vermette Poetry: The Waking Comes Late, Stephen Heighton English Non-fiction: In-Between Days, Teva Harrison As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. Some 1,600 … Read More

THREE ANANSI TITLES SHORTLISTED FOR GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD October 05 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that three House of Anansi Press authors have been shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards: Fiction: The Break, Katherena Vermette Poetry: The Waking Comes Late, Stephen Heighton English Non-fiction: In-Between Days, Teva Harrison As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. Some 1,600 … Read More

What Can Poetry Do by Matthew Zapruder April 29 2016

What Can Poetry Do by Matthew Zapruder In Africa people are angry. They are climbing embassy walls and burning whatever is there. Each time I click on some words and read what we call news I feel certain some people while I was reading have died. I know I am here merely reading. I just … Read More

This Is a Photograph of Me by Margaret Atwood April 27 2016

This Is a Photograph of Me by Margaret Atwood It was taken some time ago. At first it seems to be a smeared print: blurred lines and grey flecks blended with the paper; then, as you scan it, you see in the left-hand corner a thing that is like a branch: part of a tree … Read More

Company by Kevin Connolly April 24 2016

Company by Kevin Connolly Bloom says it’s about erasing others, digesting them, spitting them out as you. Really it’s more about smothering yourself, your shaky lines, knowing in advance they’re unworthy of the next bloom, next fool in line — to think there really are people who think about this, All The Time. Think about … Read More

Mulciber by Lynn Crosbie April 22 2016

Mulciber by Lynn Crosbie Michael takes me to the cabana; I am hot and flustered. The Havana sun beats on our striped umbrella, I drink banana daiquiris and Michael sips club sodas, cool and self-possessed. Why don’t we ever talk, I ask, flustered by his attention, his quiet kindness. I was so mad at you, … Read More

Affirmations by Karen Solie April 20 2016

Affirmations by Karen Solie Has the past not pursued me with its face and haven’t I turned away? Can a thing made once not be made again? Hasn’t the rider returned to her horse, the dog to his master? Isn’t this the lesson of our popular literature? And was the trash not collected this morning, … Read More

Inheritance by Erin Mouré April 18 2016

Inheritance by Erin Mouré Father my father died of dying undied himself from my mother even from me his daughter, he unlocked his shoulder-case and self-undied. My father died snowing or not even snowing yet, unsuspecting the place where his lungs existed. He got up and said “it appears to be snowing,” lucent with orchids you … Read More

Babysitters by Sara Peters April 17 2016

Babysitters by Sara Peters Your mother was as nubile as a dressmaker’s dummy; your father polished his glasses and rubbed his crop. When the Babysitter arrived, with her turquoise belt and raw mouth, your father had never seen such a fine wrist, such a way with an onion! She pinned a plastic hummingbird behind one … Read More

West Range by Ken Babstock April 12 2016

West Range by Ken Babstock Skyline cranes toward its source in cranes — each demarcates a height we urge the girders grow to; the girders might just as well ignore us, though. Emily Haines ignores the limits of her skin, and molded plywood’s not lumber, but was. “Capitalism in December” stands as subject of the … Read More

Celebrate National Poetry Month With New Limited Edition Poetry and Broadsheets April 09 2016

Looking to celebrate Poetry Month? Consider our special editions, recently released and available exclusively at houseofanansi.com. This April we have 4 limited edition hardcover books that were printed and bound by Coach House Press in Toronto: The Waking Comes Late by Steven Heighton, Box Kite by Baziju, Little Dogs by Michael Crummey, and A Pillow Book … Read More

Fission by Adam Sol April 07 2016

Fission by Adam Sol A jay cackles the rumours of summer and I’m hunched around the morning in my legs, this brightness.   Now her house: red X’s on the wall calendar counting down to her departure. I’ve woken her. She squints   me into focus, her face close, two eyes becoming one. Touch the … Read More

Tengluo: Wisteria by Baziju (Roo Borson & Kim Maltman) April 03 2016

Tengluo: Wisteria Baziju (Roo Borson & Kim Maltman) I ask for the Chinese name of that flower and you tell me, then tell me about the sweet that is made for moon-viewing, wisteria blooms soaked in sugar then rolled in dough, so that I forget all about the name and will have to go to the … Read More

A Cosmos by Steven Heighton March 31 2016

A Cosmos by Steven Heighton In the wake of a month-long crimson tide, as if the blighted sea were bleeding out, phosphorescent plankton lapped the coastline, so every night the caps of the great combers, luminescing green in black waters, under a sky-tide of stars, drew crowds down to Tragos Beach. Third night somebody went … Read More

Altered Proverbs by Suzanne Buffam March 24 2016

Altered Proverbs by Suzanne Buffam People who live in glass houses should install blinds. Home is where the Walmart is. Where there’s a will there’s a lawsuit. Let she who is without sin take the first bong hit. In the kingdom of the blond the albino is king. Two in the bush is better than … Read More

The Eternal by Michael Crummey March 21 2016

The Eternal by Michael Crummey It was where ugly thrived. Blight and galloping stench prospered there in exile. The spent and defective arrived in the bed of a flagging half-ton on a strict bi-weekly schedule. A way station between town and abiding absence, a parcel of magic and ruin we haunted all summer, casting through … Read More

A Special Edition for that Special Someone January 27 2016

  Flowers? Check. Chocolate? Check. Poetry? We’ve got you. Our collection of Special Edition Poetry will make the perfect gift for your Valentine. Each limited-edition hardcover book included in the collection was printed and bound at Coach House on bpNichol Lane in Toronto, and have been limited to only 50 printings each. This year, add a personalized … Read More

From Sequence by A.F. Moritz April 30 2015

From Sequence by A.F. Moritz Every step was into a new world drenched in memory and longing: these were the dew there. The sun sparkled in it, the low sun that pierced the tips of the oak crowns on the eastern, the far-side banks. A sparkling that never would leave us, that later we’d know … Read More

The Corners by Karen Solie April 28 2015

The Corners by Karen Solie Where the question are you alright usually finds one very much not alright. Cellphone at the bus stop, cellophane, wind, Hasty Mart in its collar of pigeon spikes. With smokes in front of the sports bar, careerists mid-shift lit at dusk by the inner light of cheap bottles of domestic. … Read More

ñ by Erín Moure April 23 2015

ñ by Erín Moure ptolemaic system picture of ukraine my mother learned to walk on this same hill! N 49° 36’ 25” E 24° 14’ 08” malenka dotchka (who does not strictly speaking speak) heaven empire habitation god or omniscient water we went into the leaves and grasses scorched our legs free of dust and light … Read More

A Late Writer’s Desk by Elise Partridge April 21 2015

A Late Writer’s Desk by Elise Partridge They couldn’t give it away, I guess, so left it by the side of the road, where, obdurate, it warps. No gnawed pencils now, no fingers drumming— just catkin loads floating across this escritoire, nailed after Oberon’s band skewed Snug and Quince’s vision: an improv, overnight effort planed … Read More

Read an excerpt from Shane Book’s collection of poetry “Congotronic,” shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize! April 07 2015

Congotronic, the second collection of poetry from Canadian poet and filmmaker Shane Book, is a “contemporary world music that whirls the reader into the centre of the action at once.” At least, that’s how the Griffin Trustee Judges described the book before announcing that Congotronic had been shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. The entire Anansi team … Read More