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ISBN 978-1-77171-237-8 Cutting Knts (memoir) 25.95
published 2019 186 pages

On December 28th 2016, in Victoria B.C., Mike Doyle, poet, critic, biographer, and father, passed away, but not before he could finish Cutting Knots, the final volume in his series of memoirs. Here Mike charts his life in a new and strange century, beginning with a final voyage to his beloved Ireland in 2002 and concluding with the publication of Echoes from Pluto, his last book of verse.

ISBN 978-1-77171-235-4 The Drifting Archipelago (memoir) 25.95
published 2017 214 pages

The second volume of Doyle’s trilogy of memoirs that began with Floating Islands (2015), The Drifting Archipelago covers his life from his arrival on Vancouver Island in 1968 to the demise of his third marriage at the end of the century. In it, Doyle discusses his progress as a poet and his at times uneasy relationship with the Canadian literary scene.

ISBN 978-1-77171-099-2 Floating Islands (memoir) 25.95
published 2015 240 pages

Mike Doyle has lived in Victoria, BC for nearly half a century; a longtime Canadian citizen, as a poet he considers himself ‘cosmopolitan.’ He is also a biographer, critic and editor. Floating Islands tells the story of his Irish family background, his childhood and youth in London, England, during the 1930s Depression and the Second World War, through the blitz and the flying bombs.

ISBN 978-1-77171-036-7 Riding the Pig: more notes on poetics (criticism) 23.95
published 2014 166 pages

With Riding the Pig, the third volume in the author’s autobiographical “notes on poetics” series, Mike Doyle celebrates his 70th year in literature. Riding the Pig is a personal book — challenging, often contrarian, but sustaining a firm commitment to poetry.

ISBN 978-1-77171-004-6 Echoes from Pluto: poems 2009-2013 (poetry) 23.95
published 2013 122 pages

Echoes from Pluto is the first new collection from celebrated senior poet Mike Doyle since his substantial Collected Poems. Doyle gathers together a selection of his most recent poems, presenting lyrics, shorter and longer narrative poems, comic meditations and reflections on the natural world.

ISBN 978-1-897430-91-0 Softwood Trumpets (criticism) 23.95
published 2012 152 pages

In Softwood Trumpets, poet and scholar Mike Doyle continues his “notes on poets and poetics” shared in a previous volume, Paper Trombones. Taking off where the earlier volume ends, Softwood Trumpets serves as a chronicle of Doyle’s daily meditations on poetry. Whether discussing great figures of the past or his contemporaries in the local and national literary community, the poet records impressions that are deeply referential, but never reverential.

ISBN 978-1-897430-73-7 Collected Poems 1951-2009 (poetry) 55.95
published 2010 508 pages

The label ‘Collected Poems’ sounds definitive, but is flexible. For some poets it has meant gathering everything they have written that manages to stay afloat; for others, a snipping off here and there of ‘poor shoots’ (watershoots, perhaps). Yet others collect those poems they consider their strongest, what they wish to be represented by posthumously. This last is Mike Doyle's approach, creating a necessary collection gleaned from six decades of poetry.

ISBN 978-1-897430-48-4 The Watchman's Dance: Poems 2004-2009 (poetry) 21.95
published 2009 100 pages

Mike Doyle is one our more significant poets, and all he chooses to tell is told so quietly one marvels at the transparency of his art, as the complexity, variety, and depth of his work are presented in deceptively simple and disarmingly open contemplative poetry. The Watchman’s Dance is an urgent and imaginitively vigorous book, perhaps his most accessible, mysterious and immediately beautiful book.

ISBN 978-1-897430-05-7 Paper Trombones: notes on poetics (criticism) 22.95
published 2007 166 pages

In Paper Trombones poet and scholar Mike Doyle shares musings on poetry – his own and others'– drawn from informal journal notes of the past thirty years.

ISBN 1-894800-55-9 Living Ginger (poetry) 16.95
published 2004 88 pages

For many years Mike Doyle has been crafting poems of dense meditative beauty. By cutting a path down the middle of the extremes of modern tradtitions, he has created a poetry that is at once intellectually precise and imaginatively alert to the immediate.

ISBN 1-896860-74-5 Where to Begin: the selected letters of Mike Doyle and Cid Corman (literature) 17.95
published 2000 88 pages

Edited by Kegan Doyle, Where to Begin is a dialogue about poetry by two poets engaged in friendship yet speaking from different traditions. The lively exchange includes talk of common friends and interests, recent work by themselves and others, and the experience of living and writing in the modern world.

ISBN 1-896860-19-2 Trout Spawning at Lardeau River (poetry) 12.95
published 1997 86 pages

In Trout Spawning at Lardeau River moments of personal resonance flow with utter conviction. It is a book filled with the constant grace of the natural world and a depth of thought rare in poetry today.