Richard Sanger


Dark Woods (2018)

a new collection of poems will appear in Spring 2018 and include poems that have recently appeared in Antigonish Review, CV2, Fiddlehead, Global Poetry Anthology 2015, Literary Review of Canada, Vallum and elsewhere.

Calling Home (2002)

Read ‘Paper Boy from Calling Home

“Splendidly-shaped and imagistically adroit…  These are outstanding poems.” Fraser Sutherland, The Globe and Mail, February 22, 2003

“Lovely… evocative use of sound…  Quite masculine…  I think he may be funny…  Makes me uncomfortable.” Antje Rauwerda, Canadian Literature, 2003

“ [Sanger] naturalizes the traditional influences in his poems so thoroughly they are almost covert.  This gives his poems an inner voice running under the colloquial surface and suggests an attitude toward consciousness in a lyric poem as interesting as the dislocated subject…” Chris Jennings, Books-in-Canada,
August 2004

Shadow Cabinet(1996)

 Read ‘Madonna of the New World from Shadow Cabinet

“Spectacular…  Sophisticated metrical sense, teasing wit and limitless linguistic resources…  The real thing: an original poet of rare talent.” Carmine Starnino, The Montreal Gazette, March 22, 1997.

“An impressively assured debut, almost every poem a beautiful balance of image and narrative” Fraser Sutherland, The Globe and Mail, March 1, 1997.

“Submerg[es] the reader in oceans of memory and emotion without drowning them…  An impressive body of work”. Ana Gordon,

“Remarkable mastery…  A poet of unusual talent and poetic maturity”. Beatriz Zeller, Books-in-Canada, November 1997.

“Very accomplished…  [Sanger] writes in a voice that is all his own, and its groundtone is a cleverly, progressively sophisticated one which is never merely adroit.” Terry Whalen, Journal of Canadian Poetry 1998

Shadow Cabinet is one of the most exciting, sophisticated and achieved of recent books of poetry in Canada, one that all readers and writers of poetry should enjoy and study.  For Sanger, with luck and persistence, will be one of our most important poets, one whose work will find an international audience (it is already in American journals), instead of being lost in mediocrity, the pillow fights, of so much Canadian poetry…” Dan Reve, The Danforth Review 2.1 September 2000