Candace De Taeye

Candace De Taeye’s poetry has been published in Grain Magazine, CV2, Carousel, Echolocation, and Joypuke. Her first chapbook, Roe, was published by PSGuelph in 2015. Her debut full-length collection, Small Planes and the Dead Fathers of Lovers, was published by Vocamus Press in 2016.

For the last 11 years she has worked during the day, and more frequently at night, as a Paramedic in downtown Toronto. She lives in Guelph with her husband, two young sons, two dogs, two cats, four elderly tree-frogs and a very large tortoise.

Small Planes and the Dead Fathers of Lovers

Candace de Taeye’s debut full-length collection of poetry explores with wit and sincerity ideas of family, relationship, and home. Beginning with poems of movement and travel, the book develops diverse and wide-ranging meditations on what it means to be at home in a place, to grow into it, and then also eventually to leave it.

The poetry itself makes full use of the physical page, occupying each corner and making itself comfortable there, visually paralleling the process of being at home that it describes. The imagery moves by pairing seemingly disconnected ideas, strangers to one another, and then coaxing their more subtle connections into visibility, mirroring the way that the collection represents human relationships.

The result is a book that provokes reflection on our uncertain contemporary experience of home and relationship in ways that readers will find both emotionally and intellectually compelling.

– an interview with Candace de Taeye by Sheri Doyle on Friends of Vocamus Press
– a review by Zane Koss on The Bookshelf


The poems in Canadace’s collection, Roe, are spawned in ecological language and swim through a host of transformations. Her writing features sisters becoming brothers and women becoming mothers, as well as the annual salmon run. The poems, addressed to de Taeye’s young son, tow the reader along smells, streams, and smelt.