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12 Canadian poetic works to discover in the first half of 2018

Need some new poetry to read? Soon these 12 titles will be on store shelves!

Mark your calendars! These poetic books are coming to a bookshelf near you soon. 

Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian

Najwa Zebian is a poet and inspirational speaker. ( & Schuster)

What it's about: Najwa Zebian draws from her experiences as an immigrant with Mind Platter, a collection of poems that reflect on what it means to be Canadian. 

When you can read it: Jan. 23, 2018

Checking In by Adeena Karasick

Adeena Karasick is a media artist, performer, cultural theorist and poet. (Talonbooks)

What it's about: Checking In is a parodic exploration of contemporary culture, from Facebook updates to Fake News.

When you can read it: Feb. 15, 2018

This Will Be Good by Mallory Tater

This Will Be Good is Mallory Tater's first poetry collection. (Allie Kenney/BookThug)

What it's about: This Will Be Good, Mallory Tater's debut collection, explores the experiences of a young woman as she squares up against an eating disorder. 

When you can read it: March 9, 2018

Ten-Headed Alien by David James Brock

David James Brock is a playwright and poet. (Wolsak & Wynn/Anita Nagra)

What it's about: Ten-Headed Alien touches on fantasy, science fiction and mythology while always keeping touch with the world we live in. This collection stretches from the fantastic to the ridiculous.

When you can read it: March 13, 2018

Who Took My Sister? by Shannon Webb-Campbell

Shannon Webb-Campbell is a Mi'kmaq poet, writer and critic. (Meghan Tansey Whitton/Book Thug)

What it's about: Shannon Webb-Campbell offers an exploration of Mi'kmaq culture and insight into the modern and historic issues facing Indigenous societies. Who Took My Sister? is a compilation of Webb-Campbell's poems and letters sent to members of her community.

When you can read it: March 20, 2018

Dreampad by Jeff Latosik

Dreampad is Jeff Latosik's third poetry collection. (McClelland & Stewart/Elyse Friedman)

What it's about: An exploration of just how interconnected our lives are with the virtual world, Dreampad delves into a world of cold metal, wires and machinations. 

When you can read it: March 27, 2018

Sit How You Want by Robin Richardson

Robin Richardson is the author of the poetry collection Sit How You Want. (Nir Arieli/Véhicule Press)

What it's about: Strong female voices open up revealing narratives of trauma and pain in Robin Richardson's poetry collection. Sit How You Want uses poetic wit to address themes of abuse, anxiety and powerlessness.

When you can read it: April 1, 2018

Tar Swan by David Martin

David Martin won the 2014 CBC Poetry Prize for the poem Tar Swan. (David Martin/NeWest Press)

What it's about: Tar Swan is set around the Alberta oil sands and follows four perspectives: a developer, an engineer, an archeologist and a mystical swan. Martin's poems serve as a cautionary tale of land exploitation as the book spirals further into a mindset of destruction and chaos. David Swan won the 2014 CBC Poetry Prize for the collection's titular poem.

When you can read it: April 1, 2018

Night Became Years by Jason Stefanik

Jason Stefanik is the author of the poetry collection Night Became Years. (Coach House Books)

What it's about: Night Became Years explores the meaning of language through a series of poems about inner city life, love and identity.

When you can read it: April 5, 2018

Anatomic by Adam Dickinson

Adam Dickinson was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award in 2013 for his poetry collection The Polymers. (James Sidney)

What it's about: Adam Dickinson's collection of poetry acts as a juxtaposition of the notions of "outside" and "inside," on a chemical and biological level. Anatomic explores the notion of what makes us human and how much the materials that make us, define us. Dickinson was a finalist for the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize.

When you can read it: April 5, 2018

Listening to the Bees by Mark Winston & Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Renée Sarojini Saklikar (centre) and Mark L. Winston (right) collaborated on Listening to the Bees, which brings together science writing and poetry. (Ayelet Tsabari/Nightwood Editions/Simon Fraser University)

What it's about: In a blend of science writing and poetry, Listening to the Bees walks through the story of industrial agriculture. The works weaves through various perspectives, all tied through the common thread of honey bees and their role in crop growth.

When you can read it: April 28, 2018

Hiraeth by Carol Rose Daniels

Carol Rose Daniels is an award-winning journalist, writer and poet. (Harbour Publishing/Inanna Publications)

What it's about: Carol Rose Daniels sheds light on a dark period of Canadian history during which thousands of Aboriginal girls were taken from their families. Hiraeth captures the struggles of many of these women, searching for a place to find recovery for past transgressions.

When you can read it: May 1, 2018