Best Canadian Poetry 2023
Selected by editor John Barton, the 2023 edition of Best Canadian Poetry showcases the best Canadian poetry writing published in 2021.
"My goal," writes guest editor John Barton of his long career as a literary magazine editor, "was always to be jostled awake, and I soon realized that I was being jostled awake for two--myself and the reader ... I came to understand that my job description included an obligation to expose readers to wide varieties of poetry, to challenge their assumptions while expanding their taste." In selecting this year's edition of Best Canadian Poetry, Barton brings the same catholic spirit to his survey of Canadian poems published by magazines and journals in 2021. From new work by Canadian favourites to exciting new talents, this year's anthology offers fifty poems to challenge and enlarge your sense of the power and possibility of Canadian poetry.
Leslie Joy Ahenda o Billy-Ray Belcourt o Bertrand Bickersteth o Tawahum Bige o Stephanie Bolster o Susan Braley o Moni Brar o Jake Byrne o Helen Cho o Conyer Clayton o Lucas Crawford o Sophie Crocker o Michael Dunwoody o Evelyna Ekoko-Kay o Tyler Engström o Triny Finlay o Elee Kraljii Gardiner o Lise Gaston o Susan Gillis o Beth Goobie o Patrick Grace o Laurie D. Graham o River Halen o Eva H.D. o Louise Bernice Halfe--Skydancer o Sarah Hilton o Karl Jirgens o Mobólúwajídìde D. Joseph o Penn Kemp o Jeremy Loveday o Randy Lundy o Helen Han Wei Luo o Colin Morton o Jordan Mounteer o Samantha Nock o Kathryn Nogue o Michelle Porter o Rebekah Rempel o Armand Garnet Ruffo o Richard Sanger o Nedda Sarshar o K.R. Segriff o Christina Shah o Sandy Shreve o Adrian Southin o J.J. Steinfeld o Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang o Eric Wang o Tom Wayman o Jan Zwicky
About this Author
John Barton is a poet, essayist, editor and writing mentor. His books include Polari, For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems; Seminal: The Anthology of Canada's Gay-Male Poets; We Are Not Avatars: Essays, Memoirs, Manifestos; and The Essential Douglas LePan, which won a 2020 eLit Award. Formerly the co-editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and editor of The Malahat Review, he now lives in Victoria, where he is the fifth poet laureate.
If the product is in stock at the store nearest you, we suggest you call ahead to have it set aside for you, or you may place an order online and choose in-store pickup.