Steve McOrmond


The Good News about Armageddon, Primer on the Hereafter and Lean Days. Reckon is forthcoming in 2018.

Shortlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award

One of the “Most Engaging Books of 2010” – Lemonhound

A “Top 10 Book of 2010” – Canadian Book Review

A  “Critics' Pick 2010” – The Coast

A “Top-notch Book of 2010” – Salty Ink

A metaphysical wit and a self-mocking humour leaven this often dark account of the calamity that is our contemporary way of living. In his own distinctive way, Steve McOrmond explores the territory mapped in Di Brandt’s Now You Care and Dionne Brand’s Inventory, weaving in these technically deft lyric pieces a kind of post-modernist jeremiad. He ranges across the detritus of mass culture with a blend of wryness and intensity that is highly engaging.
— Mary Dalton

Primer on the Hereafter

Winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize

“Steve McOrmond’s Primer on the Hereafter is full of memorable lines and images, wonderfully crafted and moving....“Clear-cut, as seen from above” is as beautiful a poem on an environmental theme as anyone has written, and “Finch Station” is a fine meditation on urban life.”

Maurice Mierau, Winnipeg Free Press

“I like to think of it as a book of nature poetry that is not always (or even often) about nature.”

Jacob Arthur Mooney, Eyewear






Lean Days

“McOrmond’s first book…reveals a voice of patented East Coast, I-ain’t-lyin’ plainness... The lyrics exude a “common touch,” but one informed by much reflection, and, most importantly, by carefully and frankly observed experience…Lean Days is phat wondering.”

George Elliott Clarke, Halifax Chronicle-Herald 

“This is a book of longing. McOrmond may cover his longing in dark humour, but below there is a sensitivity that’s wrapped around the right metaphor, the perfect image.” 

Michael DeBeyer, Atlantic Books Today


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