Works by Asa Boxer

Skulldugery by Asa Boxer

Skullduggery (Signal, 2011) by Asa Boxer

The poems in Skullduggery, Asa Boxer’s masterful new book, have a simple warning: trust nothing. Like the book’s hilarious final poem, which recasts Canada’s discovery as a hoax from the Middle Ages-Boxer transforms shortfalls of perception into tour de force performances. Drawing on a deepened range of forms [comic set-pieces, verse-plays, dramatic monologues] Skullduggery embraces deception as both theme and tactic. In poem after poem, encounters test the threshold of what’s real and what’s not; turns of phrase appear to say one thing, but really mean another. What is without doubt, however, is that Boxer strengthens his status as one of our most gifted young poets.


The Mechanical Bird By Asa Boxer

The Mechanical Bird (Signal, 2007) by Asa Boxer

An old idea of reality animates the poems in The Mechanical Bird: things are never what they seem. Opening with a quick-talking disquisition on lying [“Keep it simple, tidy, / take a noncommittal stance”] and ending with masterly mediation on the workshop and its “drawing-board dreams,” Asa Boxer’s debut constantly tests the claims of authenticity over artifice. Objects, settings and everyday details are swept up in an imagination that can never quite shake the sense of the visible world-even nature itself-as an artful mixture of fact and invention. As suggested by the eponymous metal songster, these poems are exquisitely crafted, infused with a sense of kinetic spell-making, and sing with an exuberant trust in their own guile.



Friar Biard’s Primer to the New World (Frog Hollow Press, 2013) Poetry by Asa Boxer Illustrations by James Hillis

Inspired by the medieval journeys of Sir John Mandeville–Endmatter. “In which is mapped the kingdom of the New World, its five Great Lakes, its inhabitants, perils and wonders”–Added title page. “Book design: Caryl Wyse Peters”–Final leaf recto. Published in a limited edition of 150 hand-numbered copies.




Etymologies by Asa Boxer and David-Antoine Williams

Asa Boxer’s poetry has garnered several awards and his work is widely anthologized. His books include The Mechanical Bird (Signal, 2007), Skullduggery (Signal, 2011), and an illustrated chapbook entitled Friar Biard’s Primer to the New World (Frog Hollow Press, 2013).

David-Antoine Williams teaches at St Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo.





Notes from the Undead

Field Notes from the Undead, (The Elora Poetry Centre ) by .Asa Boxer

Coming soon!



David J Knight

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David J. Knight was born in Guelph and went to John F. Ross highschool. He holds a BA in Fine Art (University of Guelph 1987), an MA in Archaeology (University of Southampton, UK 2002), and an MPhil in Archaeology (University of Southampton, UK 2010). He has extensive experience in field and academic archaeology in the UK and Europe, on sites in Belgium, France, Guernsey, Syria, Italy and England. In 2008 David was celebrated as a University of Guelph Campus Author for his historical biography, King Lucius of Britain. Upon returning to his hometown David has engaged with Guelph’s material and  intangible heritage, publishing two books through Publication Studio Guelph: Sound Guelph, a history of alternative music in Guelph from the late 1970s to 2000; and an edition of John Galt’s novel, The Omen. David is also a trans-media artist and continues to produce visual and audio works.

David is the General Editor of Vocamus Editions, an imprint of Vocamus Press that promotes the literary heritage of Guelph, Ontario, Canada by publishing new editions of books written by Guelph authors or edited by Guelph scholars.

Guelph Versifiers of the 19th Century, his collection of Guelph poets and poetry before the year 1900 is available from Vocamus Editions.

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100 Thousand Poets for Change

100 Thousand Poets for Change

24 September 2016

4.30 p.m.

This event, originally created by Michael Rothenberg “as a demonstration / celebration to promote peace, sustainability and justice . . .and to call for serious social, environmental and political change,” took place simultaneously in hundreds of sites throughout the world.

Because this was the Centre’s fourth year, we decided to ask three speakers, Greg Smith-Young, Peter Scott and Morvern McNie, to give their views in poetry and prose. After they had all spoken there was open discussion.

As the event was billed for artists as well as poets, we invited visual artists to bring with them an item which they felt was in keeping with the above context. A written explanation was to accompany each work.

During the afternoon Nick Kosonic entertained us with his Solfeggio scale steel drum and Hang/Hung drum.

Elora Poetry Centre