Listen Before Transmit

Dani Couture’s latest poems are transmissions that travel across the cosmos and 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.


Dani Couture

Dani Couture is the author of several collections of poetry and the novel Algoma (Invisible Publishing). From 2012 to 2016, she was the Poetry and Fiction Editor at This Magazine. Couture’s work has been nominated for the Trillium Book 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 several editions of Best Canadian Poetry in English.

Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


I Come Around With Appetite to Parties – You Wore Out Your Welcome With Radiant Ability – Prototype – Listen Before Transmit – Mother, Order Octopoda – Pioneer … 17 $1.70


Black Sea Nettle – A Brief History – Clonal – Or in Argument – Minus Time – A Casual Defence – Report on the Status of Raccoons on Fern Avenue – Sleep … 19 $1.90


What He Ate Did Not so Much Relieve His Hunger – Arc – Virga – Sympathetic Strings – This is Gravity – Mother, Order Apple – Final Report on the Status of the … 21 $2.10