My third trade collection of poems.

Order Sum from the publisher.

Poems from Sum:


To The Superb Lyrebird (Audio)

Mental Moonshine

Choose Your Own Debenture; Moths and Men


To the Blobfish; Dream Machine; One and One; Broken; The Parkinsonian Reflexologist

Underwhelmed, if That's a Word

The Wound

Sample on Google Books, including The Wound, Noise, and Rye

Review of Sum in Quill & Quire.

Review of Sum in Arc Poetry Magazine.

Career Limiting Moves

A collection of critical prose drawn from a decade's work.

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"Clear Vision" (Review of Goran Simic (tr. Amela Simic), From Sarajevo, with Sorrow)

"Nailing Down the Hard Parts" (Review Suzanne Buffam, Past Imperfect, & Pino Coluccio, First Comes Love

Review of CLM in The Telegraph Journal.

Commentary on CLM by Jacob Bachinger on his blog.

Review of CLM by Michael Bryson on his blog.

Review of CLM by Mark Sampson on his blog.

Review of CLM by Brian Campbell for Rover Arts.

The Essential Kenneth Leslie

The first book of Kenneth Leslie's poems to be published since 1972, courtesy of The Porcupine's Quill.

Order EKL from the publisher

Read an essay about Kenneth Leslie, by Burris Devanney.

Abstract of an essay I wrote about Kenneth Leslie for Arc Poetry Magazine.

Hear me read Kenneth Leslie's poem "Lowlands Low."

A web archive of Kenneth Leslie's poems.

If you have Vision TV on your cable, you can catch a documentary film about Kenneth Leslie, God's Red Poet, by Halifax filmmaker Chuck Lapp.

Hear the Upper Canada Choir singing Kenneth Leslie's "Cape Breton Lullaby," the lyrics of which are included in The Essential Kenneth Leslie.

Commentary on EKL by Paul Vermeersch for Open Book Toronto, March 14, 2010.

Brief review of EKL in The Telegraph Journal, March 27, 2010.

Brief review of EKL in The Midwest Book Review, May 2010.

Review of EKL in ForeWord Book Reviews, October 2010.

Review of EKL in Canadian Literature, November 2011.

Track & Trace

My second trade collection of poems. Track & Trace is published by Biblioasis and illustrated by Seth.

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Order Track & Trace from McNally Robinson


Read sample poems from Track & Trace:

      Fool's Errand

      After the Blizzard


      Going Forward

      There Is Something Intractable in Me

      The Poetry in Him


      The Same Man Never Steps into a River Twice


      Heron, False Creek




      Water Works


      Dream Vision of the Flood

Review of Track & Trace in Quill & Quire by Fraser Sutherland, Oct. 2009.

Review of Track & Trace by Dr. Ursus on his blog, Oct. 6, 2009.

Review of Track & Trace by Paul Vermeersch on his blog, Oct. 28, 2009.

Review of Track & Trace in The Coast by Sean Flinn, Nov. 5, 2009.

Interview with Alessandro Porco about Track & Trace in Maisonneuve, Nov. 2009.

How Poems Work column by Shane Neilson about "There is Something Intractable in Me" at Arc, March 2010.

Review of Track & Trace in The Lance by Stefanie Helbich, March 17, 2010.

Commentary on Track & Trace by Nigel Beale on his blog, April 7, 2010.

Review of Track & Trace by Micheline Maylor in FreeFall Magazine, 20:1, May 2010.

Review of Track & Trace by Kerry Clare on her blog, June 2, 2010.

Commentary on "Kaddish," a poem in Track & Trace, by Evie Christie on her blog, February 12, 2011.

Review of Track & Trace by Crystal Hurdle in Canadian Literature, May 2011.

Interview of me, by Jesse Eckerlin, on the subject of Track & Trace. The Puritan, August 2011.

Commentary on Track & Trace, by Amanda Jernigan, October 29, 2014.

Anything But Hank!

A children's story in verse, co-written with Rachel Lebowitz and illustrated by Eric Orchard. Anything But Hank! was published by Biblioasis in October 2008.

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See sample illustrations from Anything but Hank!:

Review of ABH by Richard Scrimger in Quill & Quire. (September 2008)

Blurbish review of ABH in the Midwest Review of Books. (September 2008)

Review of ABH in Canadian Materials. (September 2008)

Profile of ABH in The Vancouver Sun. (October 4, 2008)

Story about the Halifax ABH launch in Snap Halifax. (January 2009)

Review of ABH in Broken Pencil 42 (Winter 2009).

Review of ABH on Paper Tigers. (June 2010)

Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets

A one-of-a-kind anthology of Canadian sonnets, edited by me. Jailbreaks is published by Biblioasis.

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Review of Jailbreaks by Alex Good. (June 2008)

Interview with me by Nathan Whitlock, on the subject of Jailbreaks. (June 2008)

Review of Jailbreaks in the Winnipeg Free Press by Maurice Mierau. (June 22, 2008)

Review of Jailbreaks in The Walrus blog, by Jared Bland. (June 26, 2008)

Review of Jailbreaks by Kate Sutherland on her blog. (June 30, 2008)

Interview with me by Don Denton, focusing on Jailbreaks. (July 7, 2008)

A piece I wrote for Maisonneuve about Farrar, Strauss and Giroux's refusal to allow Elizabeth Bishop's "Sonnet" to be included in Jailbreaks. (July 11, 2008)

Commentary about Jailbreaks. (July 15, 2008)

Review of Jailbreaks by Barbara Carey in the Toronto Star. (August 17, 2008)

Review of Jailbreaks by John Mutford at The Book Mine Set. (August 29, 2008)

Review of Jailbreaks by Michael Bryson at Underground Book Club. (August 30, 2008)

Review of Jailbreaks by Brian Campbell at Rover. (October 3, 2008)

Review of Jailbreaks by John Mutford in The Yellowknifer. (October 22, 2008)

Review of Jailbreaks by Alessandro Porco in Arc 61. (Winter 2009)

Review of Jailbreaks by Sarah Neville in Qwerty 23. (Spring 2009)

Review of Jailbreaks by Michèle Rackham in Maple Tree Literary Supplement.
(Spring 2009)

Review of Jailbreaks by Karl Jirgens in Canadian Literature 200 (Spring 2009).

Review of Jaibreaks by Micheline Maylor in Freefall 19:1 (Summer 2009).

Review of Jailbreaks by Hilary Turner in The Pacific Rim Review of Books 11 (Spring 2009).

Essay on sonnets and math by Matthew Chiasson and Janine Rogers, citing Jailbreaks' introduction in Journal of
Literature & Science
2:1 (2009). (PDF link; essay starts on p. 48)

Review of Jailbreaks by Jonathan Ball on his blog (August 1, 2010).

Conference paper on Canadian sonnets, citing Jailbreaks. Canadian Studies: Proceedings of the First Bi-Annual Conference on Canadian Studies 26-28 February 2010.

Testimonial in praise of Jailbreaks by Mark Kingwell.


My first full-length collection of poems, distilled from seven-plus years of work as a cargo handler, agent and coordinator in Canada's Eastern Arctic. Unsettled is published by Insomniac Press.

Order Unsettled from Insomniac Press.

Feature article on me and Unsettled in the Charlottetown Guardian.

Audio recording of Montreal launch of Unsettled, Zeke's Gallery, October 21, 2004.

Review of Unsettled in Books in Canada 34:1 (January/February 2005)

Review of Unsettled in Atlantic Books Today 47 (Spring 2005)

Review of Unsettled in Lichen (Spring 2005).

Article on Unsettled in The Buzz (May 2005).

Review of Unsettled in The Chronicle Herald (May 15 2005).

Article in Tidings (University of King's College alumni magazine) in which I'm interviewed.

Review of Unsettled at The Danforth Review (October 2005).

Review of Unsettled in The Fiddlehead 225 (Autumn 2005).

Review of Unsettled in The University of Toronto Quarterly, 2005.

Review of Unsettled in the University of Toronto Quarterly February 2006.

Audio recording of my reading in Montreal on the national Unsettled tour.

Interview with me about the Unsettled Tour at Northern Poetry Review, April 2006.

A short film made by my former First Air Cargo colleague and friend Gord Declerq, featuring two poems from Unsettled.

A recording of four poems from Unsettled at Authors Aloud.

A recording of several poems from Unsettled broadcast by 39 DoverStreet on shortwave radio, January 7, 2007.

Review of Unsettled on, July 2007.

Review of Unsettled at Book Reviews for the Average Joe (Summer 2007).

Review of Unsettled in The Nunatsiaq News, October 12, 2007.

An interview conducted by John Mutford, about Unsettled and other sundries.

Review of Unsettled at The Book Mine Set, February 15, 2008.

Commentary on Unsettled at That's the Book, April 23, 2008.

Review of Unsettled at My Tragic Right Hip, July 3, 2008.


A limited edition of 60 numbered, handsewn copies, published by Baseline Press, November 2013.

Order Baffle from the publisher.
Jeffery Donaldson reads "I," one of the poems from Baffle:

Ten Poems / Diez Poemas

A limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, published by Cactus Press, March 2012. This chapbook contains ten of my poems, with translations by Lidia Valencia-Fourcans and Hernan Sicilio. It was produced in support of my fundraising campaign to cover travel costs to the 2012 Linares International Literary Festival in Linares, Mexico.


A 24-track CD of poems from Unsettled.

If you'd like a copy of Sealift, you can send me $10.00 (CAD) plus $2.00 for shipping & handling within Canada or $5.00 for international shipments. If you're in the USA or elsewhere, the same amounts apply in USD. Please contact me to arrange payment options (cheque, money order, paypal). If paying by debit/credit via paypal, please add $1.00 to cover fees; no extra funds required if transferring funds from your paypal account to mine. If you'd like a signed copy of Unsettled along with it, add $10.00.

Acceptance Mark

If you'd like to hear a sample of the work included on Sealift, click here or here.

After the Blizzard

A limited edition chapbook published by Littlefishcartpress of Orono, Ontario in May 2008. It contains a sonnet corona I wrote in 2004.

Order After the Blizzard from Littlefishcartpress.

Read "After the Blizzard" at the University of Toronto Library's Canadian poetry site.

Ludicrous Parole

A limited edition chapbook of 100 copies published by Mercutio Press of Montreal in December 2005, with a second edition of 60 copies printed in September 2006. It contains seventeen poems, united by the idea of "voice": soliloquies, addresses, vernacular poems, and ventriloqual translations.

Order Ludicrous Parole from Mercutio Press.

Read a sample from Ludicrous Parole.

An interview of me, focusing on "The Exterminator's Song to the Silverfish," which appears in Ludicrous Parole.

Fool's Errand

A limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, published by Saturday Morning Chapbooks, March 2004. Fool's Errand is a sixteen-page chapbook, containing a baker's dozen of my poems.


Commentary on Fool's Errand



A limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, presented in a folded broadsheet format and printed on Arches watercolour paper, published by Frog Hollow Press of Victoria. "Achromatope" is a dramatic monologue in the voice of a colour- blinded painter, a verse adaptation of an essay by Oliver Sacks in his book An Anthropologist on Mars.


Huginn & Muninn

A limited varied edition of twelve signed and numbered prints, combining lithographic and intaglio techniques on cotton rag paper, produced by Halifax-based artist and printmaker Margaret Flood.

Please contact me for ordering details.