“This is a book,” writes guest editor Souvankham Thammavongsa, “about what I saw and read and loved, and want you to see and read and love.” Selected from work published by Canadian poets in magazines and journals in 2020, Best Canadian Poetry 2021 gathers the poems Thammavongsa loved most over a year’s worth of reading, and draws together voices that “got in and out quickly, that said unusual things, that were clear, spare, and plain, that made [her] laugh out loud … the voices that barely ever survive to make it onto the page.” From new work by Canadian icons to thrilling emerging talents, this year’s anthology offers fifty poems for you to fall in love with as well.
Margaret Atwood • Ken Babstock • Manahil Bandukwala • Courtney Bates-Hardy • Roxanna Bennett • Ronna Bloom • Louise Carson • Kate Cayley • Kitty Cheung • Dani Couture • Kayla Czaga • Šari Dale • Unnati Desai • Tina Do • Andrew DuBois • Paola Ferrante • Beth Goobie • Nina Philomena Honorat • Liz Howard • Maureen Hynes • George K Ilsley • Eve Joseph • Ian Keteku • Judith Krause • M Travis Lane • Mary Dean Lee • Canisia Lubrin • Randy Lundy • David Ly • Yohani Mendis • Pamela Mosher • Susan Musgrave • Téa Mutonji • Barbara Nickel • Ottavia Paluch • Kirsten Pendreigh • Emily Pohl-Weary • David Romanda • Matthew Rooney • Zoe Imani Sharpe • Sue Sinclair • John Steffler • Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang • Arielle Twist • David Ezra Wang • Phoebe Wang • Hayden Ward • Elana Wolff • Eugenia Zuroski • Jan Zwicky
Praise for the Best Canadian Poetry Series
“[These] books are must-haves for libraries, schools, and intellectually well-intentioned bedside nightstands across the country.”—Quill & Quire
“The wide range of writers, forms and themes represented here make it a great jumping-off point for readers who might be interested in Canadian poetry but are unsure about where to start.”—Globe and Mail
“Buy it, or borrow it, but do read it.”—Arc Poetry Magazine
“A magnet, I think, for the many people who would like to know contemporary poetry.”—A.F. Moritz, Griffin Poetry Prize winner
“An eclectic and diverse collection of Canadian poetry . . . a wonderful addition to anyone’s bookshelf.”—Toronto Quarterly