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The Punctuation Field

” . . . Inspired by the likes of Joe Fafard’s Field Horse, the prehistoric Great Serpent Mound in Ohio, and the Peruvian Nazca line drawings, (Zetlin) transformed a field with mostly native grasses, into a landscape of language.”

“An indelible work of poetry. . . a poet, in tune with the nature that surrounds her, making literature from a farm field. . . . Liz Zetlin’s poems are a reading gift, a donation to stretching our creative minds. They can be read, over and over, each reading bringing new meaning, new recognitions.”

” . . . wise and wonderful commentaries on how we understand ourselves, how we think and how we treat others.”

– Andrew Armitage, Owen Sound Sun Times.

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published 2014

publisher Black Moss Press

category Art Poetry

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Happyness

After a year of writing almost daily poems, I realized many focused on happiness. This small book includes some of those poems, juxtaposed with photographs. The bracelet on the cover was a gift from my son Ira and his wife Emma. “Happyness” spelled with a “y” just seems, well – happier.

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published 2014

publisher Always Press

category Poetry

Addictions of a Poet Laureate

Poems from my tenure as Owen Sound’s first poet laureate, inspired by those who make Owen Sound special, past and present. What I discovered is that I’m addicted. Not only to respect for all artists among us, or for the dark chocolate and wine I hinted would be perfect payment for readings and house parties, but to the joy that sharing and nurturing poetry can bring.

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published 2014

publisher Always Press

category Poetry

The Limestone Barrens Project

An international artistic collaboration inspired by walking the limestone cliffs and alvars of Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula, the Burren in County Clare, Ireland and the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador.

More about this book: http://www.swgc.mun.ca/research/Pages/limestone.aspx

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published 2014

publisher Tom Thomson Art Gallery

category Anthology Art Poetry

Taking Root

As tender and strong as the tendrils that reach out to embrace children, lovers, friends, ultimately these are poems celebrating the human community, at once passionate and compassionate, a delight for eyes, ears and sensory appetite. – Olive Senior, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize

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published 2014

publisher Seraphim Editions

category Poetry

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Ghost of Glenelg

A poetic conversation with artist Don Holman about his Tom Thomson Art Gallery exhibition, Ghost of Glenelg. “Ghosts as memories that haunt us. Memories we fear, want to preserve, commemorate.”

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published 2014

publisher Always Press

category Art Collaboration Poetry

Connections

A collaboration with artist Jane Garland, inspired by 8 women who rallied around Garland during a personal crisis.

A testament to the tremendous healing properties associated with sharing – a reflection of community. – Mary Baxter, writer and journalist

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published 2014

publisher Always Press

category Art Collaboration Poetry

The Gourd Poems

Winner of the Shaunt Basmajian Chapbook Award

Sensuous, darkly evocative and touching, inspired by words inscribed on gourds growing in Zetlin’s country garden, these poems take the reader, with fresh empathy and insight, back where things come from. – Allan Briesmaster, contest judge

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published 2014

publisher Canadian Poetry Association

category Poetry

Said the River

A collaboration with artist Janis Hoogstraten, based on a three-day canoe trip down the Saugeen River in search of the spirit of Canadian Victorian poet Isabella Valancy Crawford. While Said the River is based on the historical record of rivers, places and persons living and dead, it is a work of the imagination.

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published 2014

publisher Penumbra Press

category Poetry

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Said the River, handprinted edition

Handprinted limited edition of lithographs, printed from stones and plates on arches paper by Master Printer Don Holman and assistant printer Michael Campbell. Colour lithographs by Janis Hoogstraten and poems by Liz Zetlin. Based on this edition, a revised trade edition was published by Penumbra Press.

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published 2014

publisher University of Toronto, Scarborough College

category Art Collaboration Poetry

Poems from Planet Earth – anthology from the reading series

Poetry is a way to explore the mundane and the mysterious, and, through sharing, begin a conversation. That conversation happens in small cafes and libraries all across Canada, North America, the world. That conversation happens on Friday nights at Planet Earth Poetry. It happens in this book. Welcome. – Yvonne Blomer, editor, with Cynthia Woodman Kerkham

Each poet brings to this world their simple human concerns: life and love, loss, hope, and death; all the many names they have created to describe the presence of the spirit . . . poems, anecdotes, small songs, the whispered words we speak to children and to lovers that they not be afraid of the dark. But these poems are not fragile. They are strong tough tings. They have been made to withstand all that assails us. – Patrick Lane

published 2014

publisher Leaf Press

category Anthology Poetry

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Crossing Lines: Poets Who Came to Canada in the Vietnam War Era

“The first major anthology of poetry by men and women who grew up in the U.S. and then emigrated to Canada during the Vietnam War era. 76 poets are represented who have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to Canadian culture and society.” Edited by Allan Briesmaster, 
Steven Michael Berzensky.

More About this Book – Review: http://canlit.ca/reviews/artful_dodgers

Seraphim Editions: http://www.seraphimeditions.com/crossing-lines.html

published 2014

publisher Seraphim Editions

category Anthology Poetry

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Waging Peace

Waging peace through poetry – is it possible? This book presents the poetry and art from Convergence: Poems for Peace, a project to take political action by giving a poem wrapped in original art to every Canadian Member of Parliament and Senator in the year 2001. Fifty-six poets from across Canada – from Margaret to Liz Zetlin – and 52 artists – from Jocelyne Aird-Bélanger to Paula Zoubek – participated.

Centred around 93 pages of poetry and full-colour art, Waging Peace is enriched by the story of Convergence as told by the originator, Susan McMaster, and essays on poetry in the political sphere by Sarah Klassen, Colin Morton, Roger Nash, Heather Spears, and Senator Jerahmiel Grafstein, sponsor of the Poet Laureate bill.

Mainly in English, poems and translations also appear in French, Kurdish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Sesotho, Michif, and German. Includes 71 illustrations, 54 in colour. Contributors have donated their work to Waging Peace, and all royalties support peace education worldwide.

published 2014

publisher Penumbra Press

category Anthology Art Poetry

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From Sinai to the Shtetl and Beyond: Where is Home for the Jewish Writer?

Published to accompany the Jewish literary festival at Temple Anshe Sholom, Hamilton, Ontario, June 5-7, 2009. Edited by Ellen S. Jaffe and Lil Blume

More about this book: http://www.lilblume.ca/pinkingshearspublications

published 2014

publisher Pinking Shears Publications

category Anthology Poetry

Line by Line: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry

A glimpse of poets in action through the expressive drawings of poet/artist Heather Spears. Fifty of Canada’s most revered poets contemplate the subject of ‘line’ – lines of poetry, landscape or art – each poem accompanied by a pencil portrait of a moment of performance during a literary event.

published 2014

publisher Ekstasis Editions

category Anthology Art Poetry

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The V-Book: Giving Voice to Our Vision of a World without Violence Against Women and Children

“Evidence of the agony of abuse and the triumph of overcoming that abuse. You will find concerns about violence in the local playgrounds and around the world. And you will recognize the voices of your family, your friends and your neighbours as they combine to speak out and give voice to the vision of a world free from violence.”

 

published 2014

publisher Ginger Press

category Anthology Poetry Prose

Brush Strokes

A community art project inspired by Tom Thomson. “The legacy that Tom has left us – a deep appreciation and respect for the natural world, its beauty and fragility – rings true in these poems by area writers.” – Stuart Reid, Director/Curator

The book combines poems selected from a poetry contest that Sheatre held, along with writings about and from the community arts project.

The winners of the contest were Liz Zetlin (first prize winner adult), Sophia Werden Abrams (first prize winner children), Alyson Mulvaney-Courtois (first prize winner youth) and Alex Marotta (honourable mention youth). The work of thirty other poets, most of them from across the Grey-Bruce region, appears in this volume.

More about this book: http://www.sheatre.com/sheatre-past-work-2005

published 2014

publisher Ginger Press/Sheatre

category Anthology Poetry

Saugeen Stories: the Saugeen River celebrated in prose and poetry

Celebrating the Saugeen River, from the rocky highlands of Grey and Wellington Counties through the pastoral fields and clay bluffs of Bruce to meet the waters of Lake Huron. Edited by Dawna Proudman.

published 2014

publisher Brucedale Press

category Anthology Poetry Prose

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Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950

Mothers of the 1950s were wasp-waisted, dutiful, serene, and tied to the kitchen with apron strings. Or so we thought. This collection of searing and startling poetry and prose unties the stereotype and reveals women who were strong, wild, talented, wise, mad, creative, desperate, angry, courageous, bitter, tenacious, reckless and beautiful, sometimes all at once. The contributors include multi-award-winning poets, novelists, and essayists, as well as compelling new literary voices.

– Edited by Lorri Neilsen Glenn

More about this book: review http://thechronicleherald.ca/books/1127404-50s-no-happy-days-for-moms

 

published 2014

publisher Guernica Editions

category Anthology Poetry

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Double Vision: A Collaboration of Poets and Artists

Double vision – “the simultaneous perception of two images of a single object.” That might be one way of describing what a poet/artist does. First is the ordinary looking, what we normally see on first glance. But at the same time, there is another looking, which leads to the search for a way to express what the first glance perceives. Perhaps all art is a double visioning in some sense.

– Liz Zetlin

 

published 2014

publisher Glenmalure Publications

category Anthology Collaboration Poetry