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Turret House is a micro-press in Montreal dedicated to new and experimental Canadian poetry.

Turret House was started by Montreal poet James Hawes in tribute to his late uncle Christopher Hawes, a playwright and novelist who shared his love of jazz, art and literature. The press is named after Christopher’s home in Youlgreaves UK. Rumour has it that William Blake stayed there, this is unproven, but James likes to think it’s true.

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Full Sentences

By Misha Solomon

In his newest chapbook Montreal poet Misha Solomon brings his keen eye and sharp sense of humour to this stellar collection of prose poems. Finding absurdity in the familiar and the everyday, these finely empathetic poems wrestle with the past and how it echoes in the present. At times beautiful and wistful, at times shocking and hilarious, but always presented through the lens of Solomon’s keen wit.

Available with subscription, or on its own for 6$. Contact jhawes@videotron.ca for details.

The Park

By Daniel J. Rowe

In the early 19th century, there were no squirrels in parks. By the end of that century, they were everywhere. People have decided that it’s okay for them to live in parks. Most people have decided it’s not the same for people, we’re not supposed to live in parks. We can, however, visit for a bit and do various things. It’s a special privilege, and I hope you enjoy my poem. The format is what I call: the urban sonnet.

Available with subscription, or on its own for 6$. Contact jhawes@videotron.ca for details.

Hawaiian Sunset

By Ken Norris

Hawaiian Sunset is “the sequel” to Hawaiian Sunrise (above/ground press, 2021).

Norris is back in the islands again, engaging his love of the South Seas. Older, and possibly wiser now, he stares once again into the eternal and the infinite, while also taking the time to document he local flora and fauna. And he remembers those who preceded him in finding a refuge in the Pacific, the local flora and fauna. And he remembers those who preceded him in finding a refuge in the Pacific, among them Robert Louis Stevenson, Herman Melville and Johnny Weismuller.

Hawaiian Sunset is a guaranteed cure for the Pandemic Blues.

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The second issue of the our magazine Frog Pond Review!

Guest edited by Rose Maloukis.

With exciting work by:

Linda Besner, Jason Heroux, Gillian Sze, Daniel J. Rowe, Stef Wisbech, Roxanna Bennett, Deanna Radford, Helette Gagnon, Laura McRae, Jake Bryne, Allison Fairhurst, Sébastien McLaughlin & Sarah Burgoyne

Available with subscription, or on its own for 6$. Contact jhawes@videotron.ca for details.

Outlaw, Rainy Day

by Elizabeth Wood

In her dazzling debut collection Elizabeth Wood explores the malleability of language by transforming the prose poem to erasure poem and finally to haiku. Strange, provocative and unique in its language and execution, a chapbook of infinite delights!

Available with subscription, or on its own for 6$. Contact jhawes@videotron.ca for details.

Double House

by Sarah Burgoyne

Sarah Burgoyne’s new chapbook takes the microcosm of the home during the pandemic and dynamites it into a bizarre and jarring new planet of creatures and alien emotions. An idiosyncratic journey within and without, touched by Burgoyne’s boundless imagination.

Available with subscription, or on its own for 6$. Contact jhawes@videotron.ca for details.

Very proud to launch the Frog Pond Review, it is included with every subscription! Featuring new poems by Nelson Ball, Barbara Caruso, Robert Hogg, Sarah Burgoyne, Misha Solomon, Rose Maloukis, Nancy Kangas, Daniel J Rowe and Sheryl Halpern.

X-TRACTS by Studio 7

X-TRACTS Video

Inspired by Vi Khi Nao’s incredible Sheep Machine, a collection of poems which takes as inspiration Leslie Thornton’s video of the same name. Nao wrote a poem for every second (or half second) of Thornton’s video.

Each poem in our collection was written simultaneously as an experiment in Sarah Burgoyne’s Poetry Studio in under an hour. This was our prompt:

Experiment 6: Watch X-TRACTS by Leslie Thornton. Choose a time code of the film and pause it. Write an ekphrastic poem to that still image.

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Featuring poems by Stuart Ross, Sarah Burgoyne, Misha Solomon, Sheryl Halpern, Morris Bailey, nina jane drystek, Lise Weil, Rose Maloukis, Rebecca Million, Elizabeth Wood, J. A. Shea, André Babyn, Vivian Lewin, Merrianne Couture, James Hawes

Under an Overpass, a Fox by James Hawes

Written as a tribute to his friend Peter Van Toorn, this chapbook is an exploration of memory, loss and the things we leave behind.

Available with subscription, or on its own for 6$. Contact jhawes@videotron.ca for details.