Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry, edited by Mona Fertig and Harold Rhenisch (Mother Tongue), is a literary road trip across the province, with plenty of sights to stop for.
Although the anthology includes a few poems that make the book feel as long as the journey from Kamloops to Smithers— giving the reader that familiar numbness in the butt—it does highlight a lot of B.C.’s best poetry, from Rita Wong, Kate Braid, Larissa Lai, bill bissett, and another 104 poets.
This number includes some of the province’s rising stars of poetry, such as Sean Horlor, whose work always presents social issues in a thicker, deeper, stickier contemplative context. If you live in B.C. and read poetry, pick up a copy.