by Jeff Latosik


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A hopeful, timely new collection of poems that take up our ever-evolving relationship with technology.

Starting from an urge to reconcile the human need for stability with what's happening in a constantly fluid "now," Dreampad, Trillium Book Award for Poetry winner poet Jeff Latosik's startling new collection, ponders whether an ideal for living is viable when we're not sure we can say yes or no to anything in a world that's growing increasingly ephemeral and entangled with the virtual.

These poems, however, are a salvo--or "protest" in the most useful sense of that word--a reminder we might already own a verbal architecture to express the difficulty of being alive in a world that can, could, and might still even be humane, loving, habitable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780771073113
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

JEFF LATOSIK is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, winner of the 2011 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Safely Home Pacific Western as well as the chapbook Helium Ear. His work has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and included in The Best Canadian Poetry in 2015 and 2016. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents


Dreampad 1

Permanent Indefinite 3

Holes 5

There Is a Delivery Specialist 6

The Internet 8

Komatsu Floodlight 9

Cats 11

Trans-Neptunian 13

Red Giant 15

The Home Checklist 16

Sky Pool 17

A Mile from the Bay of Biscay on Tour with Oneohtrix Point Never 18

The Eastern Massasaugas 20


Troubleshoot 25

Centaur 27

Clearance Sales Are Adulthood 28

Swimmer 30

Spacetime 32

Silverado 34

The 3D Tour 35

The Fortune You Seek Is in Another Cookie 36

Life in the PhotoStream 38

And Missing Stephanie Stewart 40

The Bright Note 42

School 44

And I Looked Up into the Blue and Green of Nobody's Fields 45

Letter to Kyle Bobby Dunn 46


I've Been Baron Munchausen 51

Growth 52

Cubewano 55

The Natural 56

Pop Rocks 58

Clear Giant 59

The Replay Review 61

Hidden Pockets in Parkas 63

The Good 64

The Connectome 66

The Surface Fuss 68

On Finding a Discarded Blind Cord Weight on the Street 70

The Adjunct 71

Osgood-Schlatter 72

Akasha 74

Pack 76


Phone Booth Man 81

I Don't Want to Kill It, I Just Want It to Live 84

On the General Being of Lostness 85

Dream of Dee 87

Dryzmala's Wagon 88

Dear Listener 90

Platypus 91

Guitarist 93

The Joeys at Kangaroo Creek Farm 96

Only an Avenue 98

Oath of an Unaffiliated Boy Scout 99

The Great Illusion 101

Two Cells Made All of This 104

The Fly 106

Dreampad 108

Notes on the Poems 111

Acknowledgements 113

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