In Worth More Standing: Poets and Activists Pay Homage to Trees, celebrated poets and activists pay homage to the ghosts of lost forests and issue a rallying cry to protect remaining ancient giants and restore uncolonized spaces.


Mansfield Press, Toronto. October 2018
ISBN 978-1-77126-196-8
$20.00 CDN/USA
212 pages

We all know someone. Or maybe that someone happens to be us. This groundbreaking landmark anthology explores the subject of cancer from all different points of view: patient, survivor, caregiver, lover, parent, child, doctor, surgeon, alternative healer, psychologist, compassionate human being, body part, and from the disease itself. The collection includes new and original poetry by established and emerging voices (some of whom are health practitioners): Molly Peacock, A.F. Moritz, Pamela Mordecai, Christian Bök, Catherine Graham, Canisia Lubrin, Bardia Sinaee, Ron Charach, Adam Sol, Emily Schultz, Jónína Kirton, and Zoe Whittall, and many others. Their work offers us new ways of seeing, understanding, and representing this ordinary and extraordinary experience. Current statistics predict 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. We need more art to understand the complexity and dimensions of what this means. This is an anthology for anyone who knows someone. This is an anthology for everyone.


Trees matter, and we have written about them with the windows of our hearts open, breathing in the good air that the forests provide.
~ Lesley Strutt, editor, Heartwood

Join local poets and poets across Canada in celebrating the launch of Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees. With over 100 poems and contributions from poets all over the country, Heartwood is a tribute to and celebration of the timeless impact of nature on Canadian poetry.

Available through and directly from the League, proceeds from online sales of Heartwood will help the League help poets and poetry in Canada. All poems in the anthology were contributed by members of the League of Canadian Poets.

Launches across Canada will also support the Call of the Forest initiative, an educational initiative that aims to look at the irreplaceable roles trees play in protecting and feeding the planet. Interested hosts can organize a joint screening and launch for Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees and the 1-hour documentary Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees.

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Paperback – Oct 1 2008
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Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry, edited by Mona Fertig and Harold Rhenisch (Mother Tongue), is a literary road trip across the province, with plenty of sights to stop for.

Although the anthology includes a few poems that make the book feel as long as the journey from Kamloops to Smithers— giving the reader that familiar numbness in the butt—it does highlight a lot of B.C.’s best poetry, from Rita Wong, Kate Braid, Lar­issa Lai, bill bissett, and another 104 poets.

This number includes some of the province’s rising stars of poetry, such as Sean Horlor, whose work always presents social issues in a thicker, deeper, stickier contemplative context. If you live in B.C. and read poetry, pick up a copy.

Daniel Zomparelli

Verse Map cover

by George McWhirter, Derek von Essen (Photographer), Michael Turner (Contributor)
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Anvil Press

In Vancouver the avenues are numbered and the streets named. That’s a feature of Vancouver. Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, George McWhirter, has taken on the task of creating an anthology on those features that give the face of Vancouver its identity. East Hastings could fill an anthology, but most of the city goes unversed.

A Verse Map of Vancouver fills the gap in Vancouver’s verse geography by mapping the city, its neighbourhoods, its corners and intersections, its parks and landmarks.

Other Anthologies:

Love In Four Positions (Leaf Press, 2003) and Let Go (Black Moss Press, 2004).