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Two Canadian collections make New York Times' top 10 poetry picks


NEW YORK — Two Canadian poets have made the New York Times Book Review's list of the best poetry collections of 2018.

Richard Sanger of Toronto was featured among the newspaper's top 10 poetry picks for his first book in 16 years, "Dark Woods," in which he reflects on the Canadian landscape of his childhood and its place in a digital world.

Book reviewers praised Sanger for "the rueful, lucid, deliberately casual poems" in the collection that "can surprise you with their tenderness, but also with their prickly intelligence."

Sackville, N.B.-based poet Amanda Jernigan also received a nod for "Years, Months, and Days," a loosely translated adaptation of Mennonite hymns originally published in German in the early 19th century.

The newspaper noted the "highly unusual" nature of the project, which reviewers said is "carried by Jernigan’s obvious respect for her sponsoring material and by her superb ear."

Both "Dark Woods" and "Years, Months, and Days" were published by Biblioasis, based in Windsor, Ont.

The Canadian Press

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