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So far I’ve completely read 95 books and chapbooks this year. These are the ones that impressed me most, in no particular order:


Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences by Jan Zwicky (Gaspereau Press, 2005)
Thirty-Three by Geoffrey Young (above/ground, 2017)
the lithium body by Sarah MacDonnell (in/words, 2017)
Class Proof by Deonte Osayande (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2017)
She Don’t Mean a Thing if She Ain’t Got that Swing by Guy Simser (Catkin Press, 2016) [read twice]
Silence by Nora Parker Cox, illus., Anna Bongiovanni (Hucklenut Press, 2016)
In that Old City by the Sea by David Blaikie (Éditions des petits nuages, 2017) [read twice]
Forge by Jan Zwicky (Gaspereau, 2011)
Listen, Partisan! And other Stumbling Haibun by Chris Johnson (Frog Hollow Press, 2016) [read twice]
Metaphysical Dictionary by Svetlana Lilova, ill by Graham Falk (Dumagrad Books, 2016) [read three times]
Certain Details: The Poetry of Nelson Ball (WLU, 2017)
The Unworn Necklace by Roberta Beary (Snapshot Press, 2007)
She’s Having a Doris Day by Jeff Kirby (k | f | b, 2017)
Rhinoceros by Yoko’s Dogs (Devil’s Whim press, 2016)
Acquired Community by Jane Byers (Caitlin, 2016)


Portraits of Canadian Writers by Bruce Meyer (Porcupine’s Quill, 2017)
Deep breath: a book of haiku evolutions, ed by Terry Ann Carter (Leaf Press, 2017)
The Hidden Life of Trees: What Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben, trans by Jane Billinghurst (Greystone books, 2015)
What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux (2016)
Trail & Landscape, vol 51, #4 (2017)

Catch the Lightning: The new novel of the saga of the Skolian empire by Catherine Asaro (TOR, 1996)

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