The outstanding success of The Best Canadian Poetry in English series continues in 2011 with guest editor Priscila Uppal. The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011 proudly continues a series that kicked off with a bang in 2008 and thrives under the stewardship of esteemed editor Molly Peacock and a different acclaimed poet guest editor each year. This year Priscila Uppal chose the fifty best Canadian poems published in Canadian online and print literary journals in 2010. With this anthology, readers– often baffled by the proliferating poems and poets– are able to tap into the remarkable and vibrant Canadian poetry scene.
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Praise for Best Canadian Poetry 2011
“[A]n essential anthology for its confrontation with the new…an invitation to explore and research, and a powerful teaching resource.”
–William Smith, British Journal of Canadian Studies
“Thankfully, Uppal’s aesthetics are open-minded and her tastes vast, even while she maintains a healthy level of discernment…Reading them in this kind of arrangement seems to even heighten their excellence.”
–Mark Sampson, Free Range Reading
“[A] strong selection of work…where similar collected have too narrow a range, Uppal has included a wide variety of work…[A] good cross-section of the array of work produced across the country.”
–Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Pree
“Quite the collection…amazing anthology. I really enjoyed the diverse selection of poems, the different categories that are in this anthology.”
–Melissa F. Alvarado, The Nebraska Girl Lit Hour (U.S. radio program)
“As Uppal promises, the best of 2011 challenges even the most conventional forms of poetry…Just when we think we know what we’re about to read, we are surprised. Sint’ that what makes the best The Best?…[BCP] encourages celebration of all those complexities of our nation’s poetic landscape.”
–Lori A. May, Northern Poetry Review
“Uppal amazes, in part, because she doesn’t hold to the expected…a damned impressive list..[N]ot only a range of style, form, and substance ‘best of,’ but a worthy introduction to contemporary Canadian poetry for the wary, less-informed reader.”
–rob mclennan, rob mclennan’s blog