Carmine Starnino

Carmine Starnino is a poet, essayist, and critic. He has published four volumes of poetry. His most recent, This Way Out (2009), was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His other books include two collections of critical reviews and essays-Lazy Bastardism and A Lover’s Quarrel-and The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry, which he edited. Starnino lives in Montreal.


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Lazy Bastardism: Essays & Reviews on Contemporary Poetry
Carmine Starnino

2012 / Literary Criticism / $27.95
9781554471188 / Trade paper / 272 pp


‘If grown-ups don’t read poetry’, writes poet and critic Carmine Starnino, ‘it’s not because they have a bone to pick with poets. The truth is even more intolerable: they prefer not to. . . They’re just not that into us.’ In his latest collection of critical essays, Starnino reports on the state of poetry with his usual sleeves-rolled-up approach to literary criticism which synthesizes broad observation with close reading. Engaging both icons (Atwood, Birney, McKay, Moritz, bpNichol) and lesser-knowns (James Denoon, Anne Szumigalski, Peter Trower), Starnino writes with the style, wit and intensity of a poet-critic, offering confident, intelligent candour where we have too often settled for ‘bland, much-recycled truisms’.



Other Books by this Author

Leviathan
Carmine Starnino

2016 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
9781554471546 / Trade paper
This Way Out
Carmine Starnino

2009 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
9781554470518 / Trade paper
With English Subtitles
Carmine Starnino

2004 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
9781894031899 / Trade paper

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