Shane Neilson was born in New Brunswick. He attended the University of New Brunswick, where he completed his BSc. He obtained his MD from Dalhousie University, his MFA from the University of Guelph, and is currently a PhD candidate at McMaster University. Neilson is the author of five collections of poetry, and a two time winner of the Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Award.




Exterminate My Heart (Frog Hollow Press, 2008)
Meniscus (Bibliosais, 2009)
Complete Physical (Porcupine's Quill, 2010)
On Shaving Off His Face (Porcupine's Quill, 2015)
Dysphoria (Porcupine's Quill, 2017)

Poetry Chapbooks

The Beaten-Down Elegies (Frog Hollow Press, 2003)
Seized (Cubicle Press, 2004)
Feild Hospital (JackPine Press, 2010)
Elision (Alfred Gustav Press, 2010)
Love Songs in A Czech Winter (Cactus Press, 2011)
Out of the Mouth (Thee Hellbox Press, 2014)
Able Physiologists Discuss Grief Musculatures (JackPine Press, 2014)
We Need Our Names (Anstruther Press, 2014)
New Brunswick (The Serif of Nottingham, 2016)


Will (Enfield and Wizentry, 2013)


Call Me Doctor (Pottersfield Press, 2006)
Gunmetal Blue (Palimpsest Press, 2011)


Fatherhood: The Poetry of Wayne Clifford (Frog Hollow Press, 2011)
Dr. Acorn, Or How I Joined the Canadian Liberation Movement and Learned to Love the Stern Nurse Fusion-Bomb Sun (Frog Hollow Press, 2013)
How Thought Feels: The Poetry of M. Travis Lane (Frog Hollow Press, 2015)

As Editor

Alden Nowlan and Illness (Frog Hollow Press, 2004)
Approaches to Poetry: The Pre-Poem Moment (Frog Hollow Press, 2009)
Play: Poems About Childhood (Frog Hollow Press, 2014)
Sing to Me in the Cut: Ekphrasis on George Walker by Canadian Poets (Frog Hollow Press, 2015)
The Essential Travis Lane (Porcupine's Quill, 2015)
Heart on Fist: The Selected Prose of M. Travis Lane (Palimpsest Press, 2016)
The Witch of the Inner Wood: Collected Long Poems of M. Travis Lane (Goose Lane Editions, 2016)


Index to poems

Poet, playwright, and pioneer of the Irish literary movement, John Todhunter was born in Dublin on December 30, 1839, and educated at medical school in Trinity College, from which he graduated M.B. in 1867 and M.D. in 1871. In Dublin he acted as Visiting Physician at the Cork Street Fever Hospital and, from 1870 to 1874, Professor of English Literature at Alexandria College. He re-settled in Bedford Park, London, in 1881. His first wife, née Ball, died shortly after their marriage in May 1870. He and his second wife, Dora L. Digby, wed in 1879. For many years he was a member of the Rhymers' Club, and the Sette of Odd Volumes. He died in Chiswick.

  • Heine, Heinrich. Book of Songs. Trans. John Todhunter. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1907. PT 2316 .A4T6 Robarts Library
  • Mahony, Christina Hunt. "Todhunter, John (1839–1916)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004. Online ed. Ed. Lawrence Goldman. May 2007.
  • Quatrains Collected from the Miscellaneous Publications and Scattered Documents of The Sette of Odd Volumes Together with a Fore-Word on the Quatrain as a Form of Literary Art. Ed. Silvanus P. Thompson. Introduction by John Todhunter. Opusculum 52. Chiswick Press, 1905. Ac. 9128 British Library. del T645 Z5T56 1905 Fisher Rare Book Library
  • Todhunter, John. Alcestis: a Dramatic Poem. London: C.K. Paul, 1879. del T645 A53 1879 Fisher Rare Book Library
  • --. The Banshee, and Other Poems. London: K. Paul, Trench, 1888. del T645 B36 1888 Fisher Rare Book Library
  • --. Forest Songs and Other Poems. London: Kegan Paul, Trench and Co., 1881. 11653.g.2 British Library. PR 5671 T245F6 Robarts Library
  • --. Laurella, and Other Poems. London: Henry S. King, 1876. del T645 L38 1876 Fisher Rare Book Library
  • --. Selected Poems by John Todhunter. Ed. D. L. Todhunter and Alfred Perceval Graves. London: Elkin Mathews and Marrot, 1929. 011644.h.7 British Library
  • --. Sounds and Sweet Airs. London: E. Mathews, 1905. del T645 S68 1905 Fisher Rare Book Library

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on August 29, 1809, Oliver Wendell Holmes proceeded to Phillips Academy and Harvard, from which he graduated in 1829. His first, most popular poem, written at 21, was "Old Ironsides." Like most of Holmes' poems, this was an occasional piece, prompted by some incident. After his degree, he studied in Boston, Harvard, and Paris medical schools before graduating with a Harvard M.D. in 1835. He published Poems the next year. His career then turned to medical writing and teaching with his appointment as a professor of anatomy at Dartmouth College in 1838, and firmed up when he became Parkman Professor of Anatomy and Physiology, and Dean, at Harvard Medical School in 1847. Holmes kept up his old love of literature, serializing his The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table in the Atlantic Monthly and then bringing it out as a book in 1858. This included what Holmes reasonably believed to be his best poems, "The Chambered Nautilus" and "The Deacon's Masterpiece, or the Wonderful `One-Hoss-Shay.'" Composition never prevented Holmes from literary criticism. In 1853 he delivered a dozen lectures on the English poets at the Lovell Institute in Boston, and in 1872 the third of his "Breakfast-Table" books was published, The Poet at the Breakfast-Table. Besides issuing enlarged editions of his 1836 Poems, he published four subsequent volumes, Songs in Many Keys (1862), Songs of Many Seasons (1875), The Iron Gate, and Other Poems (1880), and Before the Curfew and Other Poems (1887). He wrote three novels that took advantage of his medical knowledge. His collected poems came out from Cambridge in 1895. Holmes died in Boston on October 7, 1894. His marriage to Amelia Lee Jackson in 1840 produced three children, one of whom (his namesake) became a justice of the Supreme Court. See also

  • Currier, Thomas Franklin. A Bibliography of Oliver Wendell Holmes. Ed. Eleanor M. Tilton. New York: University Press, for the Bibliographical Society of America, 1953. Z 8414.3 .C8 Robarts Library.
  • Eleanor M. Tilton, Amiable Autocrat: A Biography of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes (New York: Henry Schuman, 1947). PS 1981 T5 Robarts Library
  • Lindsay, Alexander. “Cowley, Abraham (1618-1667).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004.
  • Halsey, Alan. “Beddoes, Thomas Lovell (1803-1849).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004.