Carmine Starnino

Carmine Starnino is a poet, essayist, and critic. He has published four volumes of poetry. This Way Out (2009), was a finalist 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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