BOOKS + BROADSIDES
HOW TO AVOID HUGE SHIPS (Brick Books, Sept. 2018)
—Finalist for the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award
—Long listed for the Raymond Souster Prize
—Washington Independent Review of Books, Poetry Exemplar
—Quill & Quire, Editor's Pick
—An SPD bestseller
“She is the poet laureate of aftermath, of what we do in the wake of things. She picks up the broken pieces
of what’s left, and these she patches together, as she can, into beautifully-wrought poems that bear eloquent witness to what remains.”
“Alert and precise, perceptive and measured, Julie Bruck’s poems calibrate situations both grave and brave, serious and hilarious, whilst avoiding the “large ships” of heavy-handed conclusion. Here are genuine smarts, mature talent, and a wide-angle vision.”
“Julie Bruck writes graceful, lovely and wonderfully constructed poems that are a pleasure to read.”
MONKEY RANCH (Brick Books, 2012)
ISBN 13: 978-1-926829-74-6
ISBN 10: 1-926829-74-3
$19.00, 88 pages
—Now in a 4th printing
—Winner of The 2012 Governor General’s Award for Poetry
—A Globe & Mail 100 Best Books of 2012.
—San Francisco LitQuake’s “Summer Reads” pick, 2012
—Finalist for the 2013 CAA Award for Poetry
—Finalist for The 2013 Pat Lowther Memorial Prize
—Salty Ink’s Dozen Best Poetry Books of 2012
"I have long considered Julie Bruck to be one of our most committed and humane voices. Bruck sees everything we do; she just seems to see it wiser. Her poems sing and roil with everything complicated and joyous we human monkeys are."
“...both her craft and worldview have grown, acting like a lens, magnifying and focusing ...into a mature, white-hot point, the kind kids might use to kill ants or set newsprint ablaze.”
—The Globe & Mail
“Her craft is guileless, smooth as silk and as terrifying as Poe.”
THE END OF TRAVEL (1999, Brick Books)
"I love the compassion she feels for the people in her poems —again, a rare quality, and rarer still for being authentic. All of it is grounded by careful attention to how a poem can be made to communicate, so that emotion no longer belongs exclusively to the poet but is transpersonal, evoking compassion in the reader, too.
—David Kosub, Arc
"A wise and eclectic poet, she faces so many things head-on, especially grief. At the heart of this book is a brilliantly-wrought elegy, unselfconscious, lucid and loving. These are poems that hurt and heal long after you’ve closed the book."
"A sharp and wry alertness to the contemporary moment...For Bruck and her readers, surprises proliferate even—or especially—in places where one least expects to find them."
THE WOMAN DOWNSTAIRS (1993)
—1994 A.M. Klein Award for Poetry
"These are remarkable poems--smart, lucid and honest. Bruck catches the small private moments of people around her--a family in a cafe, a neighbour watering the lawn, a parking lot attendant holding the keys--and transforms them into poems that resonate with meaning and desire. Some of her lines are so luminous, they seem on the verge of turning into light."
"This is fine poetry. Startling and hauntingly familiar."
—Nathalie Cooke, The Gazette
"...opens with one of those home-run poems that you just have to stare at as it goes over the bleachers."
—The Globe & Mail
LA SINGERIE (2013, Les Editions Triptyque)
French translation of Monkey Ranch by William S. Messier.
"Souhaitons que cette soif la poursuive encore longtemps. Pour lire encore sa poésie. Pour observer le monde sans detourner le regard, pour étudier l'être humain, pour en explorer ses singeries. Pour étre moins seul dans ce zoo qu'est la vie."
—Alexandra Migneault, Les Libraires
A few poems from “Monkey Ranch” are also available as letterpress broadsides: