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Exploring the Dualities: Measure of a Wo/Man - A Poetry Collection by Jagjeet Sharma

Updated: Feb 19

What is the measure of a woman? She is immeasurable. She is strong. She is a double force to reckon with.

Winner of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association Award for Journalistic Excellence in 2021 in the Print Category and the 2023 CEMA Award in the Innovation Category for Journalistic Excellence, Jagjeet Sharma's "journalistic poetry" continues in this new poetry collection, Measure of a Wo/man.

Poems in this collection are about the Wo/man. The Hindu God Shiva’s ardhanishvara, a concept that she is both half man and half woman. Lord Shiva, one of the Hindu gods is referred to as the ultimate man, but one form of Shiva is also a fully developed woman. The masculine and the feminine are equally divided within yourself, within oneself. It is about the struggles and challenges a Wo/man faces day in and day out in any part of the world.

Jagjeet’s poems use simple language, but are extremely profound and relatable”

-The North Grenville Times, May 2, 2018

...even when the poems are relatively simple, moves one to reflect on contemporary society, power structures, the surviving fragments of our own traditions and on ourselves”

- Review by Christopher Adam

To be released worldwide on March 8th, 2024, International Woman's Day, copies will be available through Amazon and available in print editions locally. Subscribe to keep up to date on upcoming events and book signings.


Jagjeet Sharma is a freelance journalist, poet, and author. She hosts a weekly radio show in Ottawa along with her team of dedicated volunteers on CKCU 93.1fm. She has four poetry collections to her credit.

Nature's Subtle Seductions (2018), Fragments (2019) Raindrops (2020), Under a Maple Tree (2023), COVID-19 Chronicles - Reflections on the 2020 pandemic (winner of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association Award)(2020). This anthology, a limited edition, was launched in December 2020. It was initiated by the Ottawa Ethnic Media Forum (OEMF) with support from the Media Club of Ottawa. COVID-19 Chronicles Part 2- Road to Recovery Anthology (Dec. 2021).

Jagjeet has contributed to several publications, the Ottawa Independent Writers’ Anthology, “Short Stories for a Long Year” (2020), “Ottawa Rising” (2022), Broken Keys Publishing's award-winning anthology, Love & Catastrophē Poetrē (2021), the Glebe Report (Ottawa); Apt 613, and The Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, #243. Jagjeet is also one of the judges on the Bywords poetry selection committee.

She is an Ottawa Independent Writers’ (OIW) ex-board member, a member of the North Grenville Writers’ Circle, a founding member of the Ottawa Ethnic Media Forum (OEMF), and a member of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA). She won the CEMA Award for Journalistic Excellence 2021 in the print category. Jagjeet Sharma developed a COVID-19 Chronicles anthology trilogy. The development of such a trilogy was recognized and appreciated. She won the 2023 Canadian Ethnic Media Association Award in the Innovation category for Journalistic Excellence.


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