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Jane Munro is a Canadian poet, writer and educator. 

Jane Munro’s newest book is Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). Her sixth poetry collection Blue Sonoma (Brick Books) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press), Point No Point (McCLelland & Stewart) and Grief Notes & Animal Dreams (Brick Books).

Blue Sonoma
Jane Munro won the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2015

As if “a voice spoke her name and woke her,” Jane Munro’s new poems are openhearted, yet quick and taut, with a playful – even biting – wit. How can Blue Sonoma be so elegant, so apparently simple, when each poem is a tinderbox?

— Anne Simpson on Blue Sonoma

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Glass FLoat

What contracts and what expands in grief and where does one go when there is no escape from the self?

 …. Glass Float is an ocean of insight bombs.

Micheline Maylor on Glass Float

More About Glass Float
Review of Glass Float by Marguerite Pigeon in League of Canadian Poets

Munro is back with Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). Her tools are new: narrative and diaristic series interspersed with flashes from the biographical past. But Munro has the same ambition to summon meaning from the jumble of experience.

Review of Glass Float by Kim Fahner in periodicities : a journal of poetry and poetics (rob mclennan) 

Jane Munro’s Glass Float is a book that almost seems to float easily and beautifully in either air or water, taking readers on a voyage around the world, but also on a journey that leads us more deeply within ourselves as we read through the poems. She sets the tone with her epigraph, using a quotation from David J. Chalmers, who has written: “Conscious experience is at once the most familiar thing in the world and the most mysterious.”

Review of Glass Float by David Starkey, California Review of Books

Glass Float, Jane Munro (Brick) “Art is suggestion,” the poet remembers being told by her grandfather, “art is not representation.” That distinction holds true throughout Glass Float, and yet Munro is fiendishly good at describing things, in particular a yoga retreat in India not long after the death of her husband. The book ranges from prose poem sequences to the cryptic and beautiful lyrics for which she is best known. Always, though, Munro’s poems enact the advice of one of her yoga teachers: “Shine like a full moon without dispelling the dark.”

Featured in FreeFall Review
 
ONLINE Publications
Jane reads her poem “Break the Fear” from Glass Float.

Jane, a dedicated yogi and noted poet, was inspired by her studies in Pune.  Listen below as she shares some of her reflections with us…

https://iyengaryogacanada.com/break-the-fear/

“Receive Your Face” from Glass Float.

"Receive Your Face" published in Inyengar Yoga Newsletter Winter Spring 2021

https://iyengaryogacentre.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Yoga-News-Winter-Spring-2021-final.pdf

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Brick Book Book Club

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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Friday, November 27, 2020

http://planetearthpoetry.com/

London (ON) Word Fest - Jane Munro & Penn Kemp in Conversation

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Watch the zoom video here:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=816107712501675&ref=watch_permalink

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Lunch Poems at SFU presents Sonnet L'Abbé and Jane Munro
Victoria Festival of Authors Poetry Podcast

September 30, 2020

Jane Munro reads from Glass Float at the Art Bar Poetry Series.

June 2020


 

Victoria Festival of Authors

July 2020

Jane is interviewed by Susan Braley, a Victoria poet.

https://victoriafestivalofauthors.ca/2020/07/16/qa-with-jane-munro/

Glass Float Virtual Book Launch by

Brick Books & Massy Books 

April 23, 2020

Link to watch Jane's reading on YouTube

Glass Float

Book Review

A review of Glass Float in the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria’s Yog-e News 

May 8, 2020

Essay

Inner Ear: Listening for poems by Jane Munro

March 20, 2020

Readers Guide

A readers guide for

Glass Float

Blog

Here you'll find a blog post I wrote for Brick Books on why I call my book Glass Float.

 
jane munro

Jane Munro is a Canadian poet, writer and educator. 

Jane Munro’s newest book is Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). Her sixth poetry collection Blue Sonoma (Brick Books) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press), Point No Point (McCLelland & Stewart) and Grief Notes & Animal Dreams (Brick Books).

 

She is a member of the collaborative poetry group Yoko’s Dogs (Mary di Michele, Jan Conn, Susan Gillis, Jane Munro) who have published Whisk (Pedlar Press) and Rhinoceros (Gaspereau).

A Sally Port (Espresso Chapbooks, 2018) – short prose pieces about her childhood – came out in June 2018. These are excerpts from a longer memoir, Open Every Window, forthcoming from Douglas & McIntyre.

As well as working as a writer, Jane has been employed as a professor of Creative Writing at several universities in BC, done educational planning, research and administration, taught many informal writing workshops, and read her poetry to audiences in a wide variety of venues across Canada. She has also given readings in Ireland, the USA, Italy, India and Egypt.

For more than twenty years, she has studied (in Canada and in India) and practiced Iyengar Yoga. 

In 2012, she moved back to Vancouver – where she grew up and raised her children – after spending twenty years living at Point No Point in a rural area on the coast of Vancouver Island. Although BC has been her home base, she has lived in the USA and Turkey, traveled extensively in India and in Europe, and been to South Africa and Egypt. 

 

Born (Patricia Jane Southwell) in Chilliwack BC, she was educated at UBC (undergraduate, M.F.A., Ed.D.), Indiana University (B.A.), and SFU (M.A.). 

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2015 Winners of Griffin Poetry Prize with Scott Griffin

Jane Munro, Canadian Winner; Scott Griffin; Michael Longley, International Winner

photo by Tom Sandler

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books

Glass Float

A Sally Port

Blue Sonoma

Active Pass

books by Yoko’s dogs

Point No Point

Rhinoceros

Grief Notes & Animal Dreams

The Trees Just Moved to a Season of Other Shapes

Whisk

Daughters

After the Fire

 
 
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