Toronto poet Dani Couture’s second collection, Sweet, is out this month from local poetry house Pedlar Press. The follow-up to Good Meat, her debut collection, Sweet is a step forward in both the poet’s ambition and her repertoire of control. In a book of short, specific poems that are sometimes generous and sometimes mean, Couture takes in everything from urban loneliness to hunting to insomnia. Dani is one of several Toronto poets who bring a distinctly rural outlook and ethic to their considerations of our city. The result is an ear for the social ecology of humans as tuned as the one for flight patterns of birds or the eating habits of a grizzly bear. Sweet is an excellent read: short, sweet, and constantly challenging.