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90 Pages, 5.75 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.00 (US $18.00)

Publication Date: April 2018

ISBN 9781928088547

Rights: US

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd (Apr 2018)

Price: $18.00


Dani Couture's latest poems are transmissions that travel across the cosmos, the spaces we live in, as well as within the more intimate distances we navigate between one another. Distances we hope to bridge with contact, often to profound or disastrous effects. With language rooted in science, sociology, memoir and aesthetics, she questions the limits of our bodies, both human and celestial. Like the subtle cues we lend one another and the hopeful messages we send into deep space, these poems broadcast our greatest aspirations and vulnerabilities.


"Marked by sudden shifts in register: Couture's phrases echo, riff on, and torque the logic of myriad popular and academic discourses in order to evoke her speakers' oscillating interest in 'all opposing mirrors–the universe / trying to both see and collapse itself.' Black Sea Nettle is a slim volume, a scant nine poems, but all are intellectually and emotionally resonant." —Vallum on Black Sea Nettle

"Yaw is short but expansive, sharp and honed . . . The resulting collection startles, stabs and demands attention. Yaw confirms Couture's impressive range and cold command." —Winnipeg Free Press on Yaw

"An ear for the social ecology of humans as tuned as the one for flight patterns of birds or the eating habits of a grizzly bear. Sweet is an excellent read: short, sweet, and constantly challenging." —Torontoist on Sweet

Author Biography

Dani Couture is the author of three collections of poetry and the novel Algoma. Her work has been nominated for the Trillium Award for Poetry, received an honour of distinction from the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers and won the ReLit Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in publications in Canada, the US and the UK, and in several editions of Best Canadian Poetry in English.