Walking Slow
Helen Potrebenko

67 pp; $10.00
ISBN 0-920999-00-X
This is Potrebenko’s first collection of verse, published in 1985.
    I hope it’s a restaurant and not a bank,
    climbing that jesus great hill after Revelstoke.
    I hope it’s summer and not winter in Rogers Pass.
    Before I get too old for walking,
    I’d like to get to Newfoundland.
    I’ve always wanted to visit Newfoundland,
    walking slow.


When Activism Stops: For Jannit Rabinovitch,
Social Activist Extraordinaire

Lauri Nerman

nerman_smallBroadside, 5×8, folded. $5.00

“Dying is not on an activist’s agenda,
the act of surrendering, acceptance
giving up
for the unknown”

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Jannit Rabinovitch, a long-time community activist, died in January of 2007 of cancer. She was a co-founder of PEERS (Prostitute Empowerment Education and Resource Society) and brought women escaping violence and homelessness together to build Sandi Merriman House.

Lauri Nerman read this poem at Jannit’s memorial service. At the request of Jannit’s family, and with the permission of the author, all proceeds from the sale of the poem will go to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In April 2007 The Globe and Mail published an obituary of Jannit’s life and achievements.


Fire Power
Chrystos

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ISBN 0-88974-047-X; $12.95

Originally published by Press Gang Publishers in 1995 and now distributed by Lazara Press.

Telling the truth is powerful medicine. It is a fire that lights the way for others. When we speak our “Fire Power,” we join a long & honored line of warriors against injustice.

Chrystos is a widely acclaimed writer and Native Rights activist, winner of the Audre Lorde International Poetry Competition in 1994 and of the Sappho Award of Distinction from the Astraea National Lesbian Action Foundation in 1995.


Sparks from the Fire
Sandy Cameron

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0-920999-03-4; $14.95

Sparks from the Fire is poetry from the pen of a man who has done many things. Sandy Cameron has been a prospector, a miner, a logger and a teacher in many parts of northern Canada from Yukon to Labrador. In the book are poems about the north, about the land and its people and what Cameron has learned from them. Here are epics that bring to life the cold of the north, a near meeting with a grizzly, a sweat lodge and the lonely cry of the loon.

But there are also poems about the author’s own inheritance as he speaks of his mother, his father, his uncle, the war and how his past colours his understanding of his life and how he moves in the world he cares so deeply about.

Sandy Cameron currently lives in Vancouver, where he volunteers at Carnegie Centre in the Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood that is constantly the target of sensationalist media stereotyping of poor people. In a sequence of poems set here, Cameron describes the real community and the people who live in the heat of Canada’s third largest city.

“If a culture is to be whole — if a culture is to heal — it is vital to hear the voices of all its citizens. Sandy Cameron is one of those voices. He speaks for the ordinary of us — the miner, the fisher, the street worker — the ones who keep the wheel turning. He speaks for the vital of us, the silent of us. Listen!”
~ Kate Braid

“Sandy Cameron is not only my favourite poet, but the best poet I know. Nobody else speaks both personally and collectively of our common histories, oppressions and resistances, nor do many poets speak so directly and clearly with such a beautiful cadence. Cameron’s poems reveal our caring, wisdom and courage, and they also reveal our carelessness, ruthlessness and crimes against one another. But his voice is ultimately that of grace.”
~ Bud Osborn


Second Thoughts
Elise Goldsmith

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ISBN 0-920999-32-8
Cassette: $8.95

“How old is youth
How young is age
How false is truth
How quiet rage?”

Second Thoughts is Elise Goldsmith’s most recent collection of poetry. Her spare, elliptical verse gives rare insight into the daytime shadows and night-time illuminations of a woman writer in her aging years. Whether writing about Edith Piaf, the Persian Gulf War, or the rewards and difficulties of marriage, Goldsmith is always asking us to look more deeply, and more kindly. Delicate, ironic, and gently humourous, these poems touch the heart with their musings on war, old age, social justice, and the enduring power of love.

second-thoughts-cassette-thumbThe book is also available on cassette, read by the author, who has for many years read for the CNIB.


Halfway to the East
Marusya Bociurkiw

halfway-to-the-east-thumb90 pp; $14.95, paper;
ISBN 0-920999-38-7

Halfway to the East is a collection of poetry that travels across Canada to Eastern Europe and Asia, tracing a genealogy of place and displacement, creating a polyphony of identity and voice. It traces the absurdities and losses of immigration, the movement of songs, gestures, and language from one continent to the next, the mixed comfort of family and the poetic reworking of an old country into an irreverent queer new world.

“Marusya Bociurkiw puts her ear to the ground and we hear the songs of the earth: voices of women, Ukrainian grandmother, girls in black leather jackets, a waitress at a roadside caf´┐Ż, the crooning echo of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit.” This is a journey home in which all the border crossings – across languages, bedrooms, boundary-lines – are bittersweet adventures.”
~ Stan Persky, author of Autobiography of a Tattoo

Bociurkiw is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Woman Who Loved Airports. Her writing has been widely published in journals and anthologies including Fireweed, Dykewords, Queer Looks, the Journey Prize Anthology, and in the fall of 1998 Two Lands: New Visions, Stories from Canada and Ukraine, edited by Janice Kulyk Keefer and Solomea Pavlychko.

Bociurkiw is also a long-time film and video producer in Canada; her productions include Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Haunted Body and Unspoken Territory, a look at ‘unspoken’ moments in Canadian history, told through the stories of First Nations, immigrant and Quebecois women.

“Marusya Bociurkiw has always found herself on the border of things, as an artist, lover, daughter, traveller. She finds her footing in an image, a remembered tale, a fugitive emotion she did not know was hers. She has dredged her language from the archive of a people’s grief and canny tenacity, and from a grandmother’s maddening, irrevocable love. Her poems teeter at the crumbling brink of history, sex and dream.” ~ Myrna Kostash, author of The Doomed Bridegroom.

For more information about Marusya Bociurkiw, check out her web site and her blog, “Recipes for Trouble”