It’s that time in December where you realize you thought you were on top of your holiday shopping, but you’ve actually only crossed a few items off of your list and you just remembered you still need something for your boss, your landlord, your colleague, your third cousin passing through town for the first time in a decade…. Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a poetry shopping list, hand picked by juries from all across Canada. Below are what provincial and national juries deemed the best of the best in 2016!

From top left:

  • Transmitter and Receiver by Raoul Fernandes, Nightwood Editions (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize)
  • The Pemmican Eaters by Marilyn Dumont, ECW Press (Stephan G Stephansson Award for Poetry)
  • Hacker Packer by Cassidy McFadzean, McClelland & Stewart (O’Reilly Insurance and The Co-operators First Book Award)
  • The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl by Sue Goyette, Gaspereau Press (JM Abraham Poetry Award)
  • Otter by Ben Ladouceur, Coach House Books (Gerald Lampert Memorial Award)
  • The Wrong Cat by Lorna Crozier, M&S (Pat Lowther Memorial Award)
  • Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent by Liz Howard, McClelland & Stewart (Griffin Prize)
  • The Waking Comes Late by Steven Heighton, House of Anansi Press (Governor General’s Prize)
  • Stowaways by Ariel Gordon, Palimpsest Press (Lansdowne Prize for Poetry)
  • Bedlam Cowslip by Jeanette Lynes, Wolsak & Wynn (Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award)
  • Crossover by M. Travis Lane, Cormorant Books (Westminster Books Award for Poetry)
  • Small Fires by Kelly Norah Drukker, McGill-Queen’s University Press (Concordia University First Book Prize, A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry)