Susan Alexander


Susan Alexander is the author of The Dance Floor Tilts. Her poems have received multiple awards and appeared in chapbooks, anthologies, several literary magazines in Canada and the U.K., as well as on Vancouver buses and in the woods at Whistler. Most recently her suite of poems, Vigil, received the 2019 Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry. Susan lives and writes on Bowen Island.





80 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-77187-152-5
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Susan Alexander

As the dance floor of life tilts beneath our feet, do we keep dancing? In this inspired collection of Susan Alexander’s poems, we sway to the rhythms of passion and death, of family, myth and benediction. In worlds where cow-eyed goddesses steal nymph’s tongues and steering wheels are taken over by octopi, there are no established signposts. The individual moments making up the tune of this poet’s life offer the possibility of finding the beauty within the everyday resonance of our own existence.

“Susan Alexander’s creations are testament to John Berger’s assertion that poems are closer to prayer than they are to prose. Especially in the last section, I felt as if I’d come upon a contemporary book of common prayer, each entry fresh and deeply resonant, rich with the details of daily life and the poet’s desire to touch the sacred. It is in her boldness to do so, in her clear-eyed vision, and in her humble acceptance of human frailties that these poems shine.” — Lorna Crozier

“Susan Alexander’s debut collection picks us up and dances us through poems full of speed and urgency, poems about working in the family burger joint, about sorting cherries, about ashes. Poems about sex and saxophones. Dramatic and clear, tender, the poetry stories us along. Full of colour, it rocks us, cha cha’s us, waltzes us, tilting but steady, to the radiant end.” — Arleen Paré

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104 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 9781771871983
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Susan Alexander

 Nothing You Can Carry is rooted in a keen, even holy, sense of place within the natural world. Today that place is haunted by anxiety over a precarious present and a darker future. These poems take an honest, sometimes ironic and sometimes broken-hearted look at how the self and society are implicated in our climate crisis and the systemic complexities surrounding it. Yet life goes on. The collection moves through environmental fears and spills into all the areas that absorb the self – memory, story, family, love. These poems are vivid and vulnerable, humorous and emotional. They summon the deeper mysteries of being human in a world that is increasingly separate from the sacred. 

Alexander’s poetry is specific, local, and universal at the same time. Her images are powerful and her language honed to the elemental common denominators of land, water, and sky, and the natural forces that exist in these elements. 
"Nothing You Can Carry is a luxurious, melodic dance to the loudest sounds that come in the quietest of moments. When how and what we believe comes face to face with memory, the stars, family, and faith — music and magic happen. Susan Alexander is a master of building colour and confession into the intangibles we carry and the ones we cannot.”
— Chelene Knight, author of Dear Current Occupant
“The writer is a talented and accomplished poet who handles the language of poetry with great authority, and the reader gets a strong sense that this is a voice rich in experience and wisdom.” — Lorna Goodison,
former poet laureate of Jamaica.
Nothing You Can Carry is at once a warning, a prayer and a love song . . . sometimes shocking, sometimes sobering, often heart-pulling and always gorgeously crafted. Mostly, this collection is a cautionary tale, a reminder of what is loved and what is always, ever, in danger of being lost.” — Dr. Laura Apol, Michigan State University, author of Nothing
but the Blood


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