Issue 247 Author Spotlight – Brian Barlett

Brian Bartlett has published fifteen collections and chapbooks of poetry, including The Watchmaker’s Table, The Afterlife of Trees, and Wanting the Day: Selected Poems. His poems have been honoured with the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry and two Malahat Review Long Poem Prizes. His other works include three books of nature writing–most recently Daystart Songflight: A Morning Journal–and a compilation of his prose on poetry. Bartlett has edited volumes of selected poems by Don Domanski, James Reaney, Dorothy Roberts and Robert Gibbs, and Alden Nowlan’s Collected Poems. He has lived all his life in Eastern Canada–Fredericton, Montreal and, since 1990, Halifax/Kjipuktuk.

His poem “From ‘Spring 2020’” can be read on our website at

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