In the decade since the publication of the first edition of In Fine Form, there has been a resurgence of Canadian poets writing in “form” – from ballads, ghazals and palindromes to sonnets, villanelles and more. This anthology has been widely used in classrooms and at large, by students, writers and readers. With 189 poems and 51 new poets, this 2nd edition continues to break new ground, exploring new forms not acknowledged in most other anthologies, including prose poems, found poems and spoken word.
Praise for the 1st edition:
“In Fine Form is the best! Every student can find something inspiring in it. “– Rachel Rose, Vancouver Poet Laureate
“I used In Fine Form in two creative writing classes … and found it to be a delight in its range of forms, its Canadianness and its contemporary focus. This book is rich, enjoyable, and hugely various. It is a wonderful resource for students and teachers alike, reminding us of the play and pleasure of poetry as art and craft.” – Nancy Holmes, UBC Okanagan
“…a groundbreaking anthology of Canadian form poetry …the book serves as a call to arms, a rallying cry for an embrace of formal poetics …a paradigm shift” – Robert J. Wiersema, Quill and Quire
…geared to students of creative writing and poetry, it’s a highly accessible resource for any reader. The prose annotations are clear, succinct, engaging and not at all intimidating.” – Lynda Grace Philippsen, The Vancouver Sun
“…the accurate notes, bibliography and indexes make In Fine Form an admirable teaching tool. Moreover, it’s a fine all-Canadian anthology.” – Fraser Sutherland, The Globe and Mail