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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
September 22, 2019

My mother was a white sheet drying on the line

by Eve Joseph

Let's explore the intriguing emotional effects of another of the softly surreal prose poems from the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize winning poetry collection Quarrels by Eve Joseph.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
September 15, 2019

Is that MY black dog

by Jane Mead

Jane Mead's beautiful book-length poem World of Made and Unmade graced the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist. This week, we learned with sorrow of Jane's death. We gravitated immediately to the comfort of her words in excerpts from this and other of her memorable works.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
September 8, 2019

Francesca Woodman

by Don Paterson

Don Paterson's 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection 40 Sonnets tries on different forms of sonnets and sonnet-like structures from poem to poem. “About half the poems in Don Paterson’s latest book are strict sonnets and half are wild or disobedient sonnets", is how the 2016 judges describe them. In "Francesca Woodman", he wends mysteriously through a series of seven rhyming couplets with an enigmatic young American photographer as his muse.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
September 1, 2019

He thinks I should be glad because they

by Aisha Sasha John

Aisha Sasha John beguiles and surprises us again with this selection from her 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poetry collection I have to live.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
August 25, 2019

89

by Sarah Tolmie

In the 89th and final poem of The Art of Dying by Sarah Tolmie, shortlisted for the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize, we are surprisingly and wonderfully moved when the perpetual cynic who has accompanied us through this collection suddenly becomes wistful.

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The 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings

The readings happened June 5, 2019 at Koerner Hall in Toronto.
Enjoy the readings livestream again here and enjoy the individual readings here.

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2019 Shortlist

The books and poets of the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

Learn more here about the poetry collections, poets, translators and publishers recognized on the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.

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Lifetime Recognition

Get to know the Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award recipients

Learn more about the distinguished recipients of the Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award, representing poetry from around the world.



International Poetry Calendar

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Melbourne 2019 Writers Festival

The 2019 Geist Erasure Poetry Contest submission deadline

Melbourne 2019 Writers Festival

#twitterpoetryclub

Melbourne 2019 Writers Festival

Canada Water Library Creative Writing Group

johnson, Young and Iacobelli at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Melbourne 2019 Writers Festival

#todayspoem

Melbourne 2019 Writers Festival

3 Goose Lane Authors Visit Queen Books

Melbourne 2019 Writers Festival

Poets Anonymous

Melbourne 2019 Writers Festival

Trowbridge Stanza

Melbourne 2019 Writers Festival

C.D. Wright’s One with Others: A Poetry Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

Billy-Ray Belcourt launches NDN Coping Mechanism

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Margaret Atwood launches The Testaments

Billy-Ray Belcourt: NDN Coping Mechanisms

Wilson, Reynolds and Dewar at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Engagement in Poetry / Engaged Poetry

Mehta, Challenger, Mutonji and Hernandez at Brockton Writers Series

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Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Fraser Valley Literary Festival

Poetry Commission at Edinburgh Park submission deadline

Writers’ Trust of Canada Executive Director application deadline

Lange Nacht der Poesie

Henderson and Reibetanz at Planet Earth Poetry reading series

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Fraser Valley Literary Festival

The Word On the Street – Halifax

Divedapper Poetry Carnival

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

2019 Frontier Award for New Poets submission deadline

C.D. Wright’s One with Others: A Poetry Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry submission deadline

Bolger and Odubanjo at TOAST

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Mslexia and Poetry Book Society Women’s Poetry Prize submission deadline

Mslexia and Poetry Book Society Women’s Pamphlet Competition submission deadline

Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate nomination deadline

#twitterpoetryclub

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

How Not to Run a Reading Series!

Victor, Bissett and Pitts at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Transe Poétique

Poetry, a Conversation: China and the UK

Healey and Dickson read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Transe Poétique

Poetry, a Conversation: China and the UK

Toronto Lit Up application deadline

National Book Festival presents Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Transe Poétique

#todayspoem

Museum of Literature Ireland opens

The Great Glemham Micro-Poetry Festival

Edwards and Greco at Planet Earth Poetry reading series

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Transe Poétique

The Word On the Street – Toronto

The Word On the Street – Lethbridge

Purdy A-Frame Open House

Main Library Poetry Circle: EcoPoetry

Plan 99 Reading Series presents Arthur, Glickman and Bifford

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

The Word On the Street – Toronto

Purdy A-Frame Open House

C.D. Wright’s One with Others: A Poetry Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

#WOTS30 Anniversary Series: Building Literary Communities

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXVII

Boll & Kingsley, Soutar-Hynes and Vermeersch at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Ken Victor + Souvankham Thammavongsa at Tree Reading Series

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Wild Words North 2019

Chernoff, Forrester and McCreesh at Pivot Readings

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Wild Words North 2019

Surfacing: Kathleen Jamie and Philip Hoare

Lam and Wilson at Planet Earth Poetry reading series

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Wild Words North 2019

Atwater Poetry Project 15th Anniversary Celebration

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Wild Words North 2019

C.D. Wright’s One with Others: A Poetry Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program application deadline

Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence submission deadline

Time Lived Without Its Flow: Denise Riley, Max Porter, Emily Berry

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

6th Annual Fred Cogswell Award For Excellence in Poetry submission deadline

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie VOICES/VOIX Poetry Journal submission period opens

2019 Robin Blaser Poetry Contest submission deadline

Canada Water Library Creative Writing Group

Barwin, Moritz and Gibson at the Art Bar Poetry Series

AfterWords Literary Festival

Victoria Festival of Authors

AfterWords Literary Festival

Victoria Festival of Authors

National Poetry Day (UK)

AfterWords Literary Festival

Victoria Festival of Authors

The Callum MacDonald Award 2019 submission deadline

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Coach House Fall Poetry Reading at Knife Fork Book

Poets Anonymous

AfterWords Literary Festival

Victoria Festival of Authors

Cheltenham Literature Festival

University of New Brunswick (UNB) Annual Poetry Weekend

Trowbridge Stanza

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