Edited with an Introduction by R. Douglas Francis
Travel back to Toronto or Ottawa circa 1897. Imagine what your idea of utopia might have been then. Lucky for us, historian R. Douglas Francis found a treasure in the archives, a utopian novel written in 1897 by one John Galbraith, a mystery man. In his quest for solutions to the social and political problems of the day, Galbraith dreams of a reformed Canada in 1999. A devil to compare his dream with what we now know to have come true.
For the past sixteen years Father André Drouin has been tending to the spiritual needs of persons living with AIDS. He introduces us to a varied cast of characters: the highly cultivated François, from whom the priest learns the infinite value of a handclasp; Jean-Guy, who recovered his spiritual vision even as his eyes were losing their sight; Étienne, a seven-year-old with a profound knowledge of the meaning of gift-giving; Daniel, a drug-user from the streets, the last of three friends to die of AIDS, who learned to speak his needs in prayer, and who adopted Father Drouin as his "Pops."
Penumbra Press Poetry Series, No. 49
"... Recording the newcomer's struggles to find home, these poems open up to the larger issues of human existencethe inescapable process of aging, the spiritual paralysis of our contemporary world, and the realization that home is not a geographic location but a place inside of us."
from the preface by translator Henry Beissel
ISBN 1894131088 | Softcover | Out of print
Translated from the Finnish by Kathleen Osgood Dana
Scandinavian Literature in Translation
Long, Long Goodbyes charts the flickering of a passionate affair in six phases of existential angst and amazement. In these poems Liehu makes long farewells to her lover over the course of a summer, hovering over a kiss or a gesture. She follows the seasons, global and emotional, galactic and illogical, shivering with the clinging ache of rejection.
ISBN 189413107X | Softcover | $ 12.95
Penumbra Press Poetry Series, No. 48
This book is entertainment. Nothing more. It does not claim to be history, ethnology, or anything else. Any connection to real life is coincidental at best and sheer accident at worst. Lollie and all the other people you'll meet in this book are products of the imaginationthat of a white, middle-aged, male poet from south-western Ontario.
ISBN 1894131126 | Softcover | $ 9.95
Penumbra Press Poetry Series, No. 47
Marianne Bluger spent decades honing her craft, and to international acclaim, before she felt she had the stamina to turn her attention to the daunting task of unmasking her experience of being a woman in her time. The result is scissor, paper, womanstartling and intimate poems, measured with visceral intelligence and irrepressible wit. As Diane Hartog says, "She's the real thing."
ISBN 1894131010 | Softcover | $ 16.95
Translated from the Finnish by Seija Paddon
Scandinavian Literature in Translation
"... Sirkka Turkka welds demotic expressions, Biblical overtones, and Finnish pop songs together like a Jesus hanging out with publicans and prostitutes. She does this quite seamlessly, creating a lively verbal landscape. These elements of Sirkka Turkka's poetry make the task of translating very demanding.... "
ISBN 189413110X | Softcover | $ 14.95
Edited by George E. Condon
Shot down over France in 1941, Brian Hodgkinson had to forgo the glamour of being a Spitfire pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. But hilarious if nerve-wracking adventures were yet in store for the handsome young Canadian radio personality. He would hustle together live theatre shows, a new show every 21 days, in the most unlikely of venuesa warehouse at Stalag 383. Other POW escapades to boot in this poignant war-time howler.
ISBN 1894131061 | Softcover | $ 24.95
Penumbra Press Poetry Series, No. 50
"A poetry of noble statement, deeply moving, relevant and superbly formed as art."
Louis Dudek, The Globe and Mail
George Whipple's poetry has been widely praised by critics and fellow poets. Readers and listeners delight in his tributes to various artists and writers. Tom Thomson And Other Poems is a collection of his best along with nineteen new poems. Multi-faceted and sparkling with vitality and wit, these poems celebrate the joy of existencea personal vision of Nature, art, and the transcendent spirit.
ISBN 1894131118 | Softcover | $ 18.95
Naomi Jackson Groves
Letters and sketches by A.Y. Jackson
With her uncle A.Y. Jackson and the spirits of Goethe and later Ernst Barlach, Naomi Jackson embarked on a year of travel, art and literary study in Europe, particularly Germany, in 1936. She has opened her diary to us, her paintings, as well as her uncle's journal, sketches, and letters from that year. We get a glimpse of Europe between the wars, from the bright-eyed perspective of a 26 year old Canadian woman aspiring to be both a scholar and artist.
ISBN 1894131045 | Casebound | $ 29.95
Sara Lee Stadelman
Sara Lee Stadelman walks us through the kaleidoscope of her life: Brooklyn, Broadway, WW II, Vegas, transcending "the mundane realities of who-what-where...." She tells the story on her own terms, touching upon the most intimate and significant moments in her adventure to achieve mastery of creative, artistic, and spiritual freedom.
ISBN 1894131096 | Softcover | $ 24.95