the bridge from day to night (Harbour, 2018)

Zoo and Crowbar (Guernica Editions, 2015)

Albrecht Dürer and me (Harbour Publishing, 2014)

The November Optimist (Gaspereau Press, 2013)

Hay Day Canticle (Leaf Press, 2010) 

The Fly in Autumn (Harbour Publishing, 2009)

Berlin Album (chapbook, Rubicon Press, 2009)

Dust in the Brocade (chapbook, The Alfred Gustav Press, 2008—out of print)

The Village of Sliding Time (Harbour Publishing, 2006)

The Education of Mr. Whippoorwill: A Country Boyhood (Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 2002—out of print)


Crows Do Not Have Retirement (Harbour, 2001)

Palominos and other poems (chapbook, Gaspereau, 2000—out of print)

The Tangled Bed (chapbook, Reference West, 2000—out of print) 

How I Joined Humanity at Last (Harbour, 1998)

The Weight of My Raggedy Skin (Polestar, 1991—out of print)

When the Stones Fly Up (Anansi, 1985—out of print)

Mid-River (Anansi, 1981—out of print)

Clearing: Poems from a Journey (Anansi, 1973—out of print)


The Fly in Autumn won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry 2009 and was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Prize and the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poet in 2010

The Education of Mr. Whippoorwill was selected as one of The Globe and Mail's top 100 books of 2003 and of the Season by the Toronto Public Library, November 2002 

National Magazine Award nominee 1999

The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize 1998 for How I Joined Humanity at Last

Canada India Village Aid Poetry Contest, 1987–88, finalist

Listed in The Best of BC Books, 1977–1987 (Burnaby Public Library)



The Antigonish Review

Canadian Literature


The Fiddlehead

The Malahat Review


Queen's Quarterly

The Seattle Review

The Southern Review

The Vancouver Review

The Windsor Review



Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2013  (Tightrope Books, 2013)

Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010 (Tightrope Books, 2010)

Open Wide a Wilderness (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2009)

How The Light gets In… (Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, Waterford Institute, Ireland, 2009)

Rocksalt (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2008)

Gifts (Sumach Press, 2002)

Constellations (Polestar, 2002)

The Bedford Introduction to Literature (Bedford, 1999)

A Matter of Spirit (Ekstasis, 1998)

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (Oxford, 1997)

Poetry: An Introduction (Bedford, 1995)

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English (Oxford, 1994)

Reconcilable Differences (Bayeux, 1994)


Poetry Alive Reflections (Copp Clark Pittman, 1993)

Inside the Poem (Oxford, 1992)

Paperwork (Harbour, 1991)

The Dry Wells of India (Harbour, 1989)

Garden Varieties (Cormorant Books, 1988)

The New Canadian Poets, 1970–1985 (McClelland & Stewart, 1985)

Ride Off Any Horizon (NeWest Press, 1983)

The New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English (Oxford, 1982)

Going for Coffee (Harbour, 1981)

The Speaking Earth (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1973)

Mindscapes (Anansi, 1971)

Storm Warning (McClelland & Stewart, 1971)

Soundings (Anansi, 1970)