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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
September 16, 2018

Gay Incantations

by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt's 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection This Wound is a World offers, from beginning to end, a poetic journey both elucidating and starkly affecting. Each poem along the way manages that dual achievement differently, but helps build meaningful momentum over the course of the book. In "Gay Incantations", Belcourt renders the poem even more moving by using language in seemingly counterintuitive ways.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
September 9, 2018

Which Helmet?

by Ken Babstock

We've marveled before at Ken Babstock's rapier wordplay in previous Poem of the Week selections from his Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted and winning works. (So has Griffin Poetry Prize judge Heather McHugh.) "Which Helmet?" from Methodist Hatchet is another dazzling example, with yet more breathtaking twists and angles.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
September 2, 2018

The goat

by Aisha Sasha John

The poem "The goat" is an excellent example of the unique ways in which Aisha Sasha John draws the reader into her experiences in her 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection I have to live.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
August 26, 2018

In the Evening of the Search

by Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman's Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire won the 2014 International Griffin Poetry Prize. 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Robert Bringhurst selected her poem "In the Evening of the Search" from that collection for that year's anthology. It's a wonderful choice that quietly surprises on repeated readings.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
August 19, 2018

The Amen Stone

by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld, translating from the Hebrew by Yehuda Amichai

Yehuda Amichai takes us on an eye-opening journey by starting with a simple but potent object. As translated with care and respect by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld, that object is given profound, talismanic meaning. From that broad sweep, it is then brought back to an intimate and resonant place among like objects. It's a powerful experience produced by a brief but unforgettable poem, well worth a revisit after it was previously featured as Poem of the Week.

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Griffin Poetry Prize Highlights

Scott Griffin

Scott Griffin welcomes poetry lovers to the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings at Koerner Hall

Ben Lerner

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Ben Lerner

Tongo Eisen-Martin

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Tongo Eisen-Martin

Sarah Howe

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Sarah Howe

Susan Howe

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Susan Howe

Layli Long Soldier

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Layli Long Soldier

Ian Williams

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Ian Williams

Natalie Shapero

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Natalie Shapero

Ana Blandiana

2018 Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award recipient Ana Blandiana

Billy-Ray Belcourt

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Billy-Ray Belcourt

Aisha Sasha John

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Aisha Sasha John

Donato Mancini

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Donato Mancini

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings at Koerner Hall

Front row (left to right): Layli Long Soldier, Sarah Howe, Ana Blandiana, Susan Howe Natalie Shapero / Back row (left to right): Ian Williams, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Ben Lerner, Scott Griffin, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Aisha Sasha John, Donato Mancini

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize awards ceremony

Vibrant decor at the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize awards ceremony

Sarah Howe, Susan Howe

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Sarah Howe, 2018 Griffin Poery Prize shortlisted poet Susan Howe

Billy-Ray Belcourt, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Layli Long Soldier

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poets Billy-Ray Belcourt, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Layli Long Soldier

Natalie Shapero, Ricky Crano

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Natalie Shapero, Tufts University lecturer Ricky Crano

Canisia Lubrin, Aisha Sasha John, Catherine Callender

Poet Canisia Lubrin, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Aisha Sasha John, Catherine Callender

Sarah Steeves,Donato Mancini

Sarah Steeves,2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Donato Mancini

Susan Howe

2018 International Griffin Poetry Prize winner Susan Howe

Billy-Ray Belcourt

2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize winner Billy-Ray Belcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt,Scott Griffin, Susan Howe

Griffin Poetry Prize founder Scott Griffin proudly presents 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize winners Billy-Ray Belcourt and Susan Howe

David Chariandy, Ian Williams, Eleanor Wachtel

Author David Chariandy and broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel praise 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Ian Williams on a job exceedingly well done.

Ana Blandiana, Scott Griffin

Griffin Poetry Prize founder Scott Griffin congratulates Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award recipient Ana Blandiana

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize awards ceremony
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2018 Shortlist

The books and poets of the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

Learn more here about the poetry collections, poets and publishers recognized on the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology

2018 Shortlist

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Winners of the Guess the Winners contest!
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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.



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Edinburgh International Book Festival

Poem of the Week

The Reading Line – Viaduct

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Howard, Roberts and Bracken at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Word Christchurch Festival 2018

Nine Arches Press Summer Soirée

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Word Christchurch Festival 2018

The Annual Coach House Wayzgoose

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Word Christchurch Festival 2018

Broken River Prize submission deadline

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Word Christchurch Festival 2018

Boston Poet Laureate application deadline

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Word Christchurch Festival 2018

Poem of the Week

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#twitterpoetryclub

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The 33rd Vilenica International Literary Festival

Rowers Fall 2018 Season Opener

Gilday, Pannell and Burgham at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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The 33rd Vilenica International Literary Festival

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The 33rd Vilenica International Literary Festival

Brussels Poetry Fest

Dark Skies

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The 33rd Vilenica International Literary Festival

Brussels Poetry Fest

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival

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The 33rd Vilenica International Literary Festival

Brussels Poetry Fest

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival

The Word is Wild Literary Festival II

Divedapper Poetry Festival

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The 33rd Vilenica International Literary Festival

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival

The Word is Wild Literary Festival II

#todayspoem

Contradictory Sways: Reading and Writing through Harryette Mullen: A Writing Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

Poem of the Week

Parkland Poets “Outlying Voices” Launch

Penn Kemp launches Fox Haunts

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Launch: Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy by Paul Vermeersch

The EW Reading Series presents Saucy September

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Cutting the River(s) – a poetry workshop with Jon Davis and Joan Kane

Quinn, Brock and Hunter at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Heather Cadsby + Jessica Bebenek at Tree Reading Series

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Yalfani, Caron, Morrigan, Sanford and Sinaee at Brockton Writers Series

Dionne Brand launches The Blue Clerk + Theory

CAG Talk | Billy-Ray Belcourt

Julie Bruck launches How to Avoid Huge Ships

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An Evening with Dionne Brand

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Office Works

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Office Works

The Word On the Street – Halifax

Forms & Features: Process

Lyric Writing Workshop

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Office Works

Telling Tales Festival

The Word On the Street – Saskatoon

Contradictory Sways: Reading and Writing through Harryette Mullen: A Writing Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

Poem of the Week

StillPoint Writing Workshop

Dead Poets Reading Series

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Office Works

StillPoint Writing Workshop

#twitterpoetryclub

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Office Works

Sanger, Sternberg and TOPoet.ca at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Office Works

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

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Office Works

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Toronto Lit Up: The Unpublished City II

Motionpoems Season 8

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Office Works

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Literary Evening at Eastend Library

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Office Works

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

The Word On the Street – Lethbridge

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Office Works

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Contradictory Sways: Reading and Writing through Harryette Mullen: A Writing Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

Poem of the Week

Al & Eurithe Purdy A-Frame Open House

The Word On the Street – Toronto

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Office Works

Al & Eurithe Purdy A-Frame Open House

Common Readings, the September Edition

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Office Works

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXVI

Brecken Hancock + Sonia Saikaley at Tree Reading Series

Greckol, Gallagher and Freure at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Office Works

Kingston Readers and Writers Festival

Word Vancouver

Fog Lit Book Festival

Margaret Atwood receives the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship

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Office Works

Kingston Readers and Writers Festival

Word Vancouver

Fog Lit Book Festival

Words North 2018

National Young Writers’ Festival

Pivot Readings with Tucker, Swan and Liem

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Office Works

Kingston Readers and Writers Festival

Word Vancouver

Fog Lit Book Festival

Words North 2018

National Young Writers’ Festival

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Office Works

Kingston Readers and Writers Festival

Word Vancouver

Fog Lit Book Festival

Words North 2018

National Young Writers’ Festival

#todayspoem

Brampton Fall Book Fest

Heather Cadsby reads at Poetry takes the Nite

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Office Works

Kingston Readers and Writers Festival

Word Vancouver

Fog Lit Book Festival

Words North 2018

National Young Writers’ Festival

Contradictory Sways: Reading and Writing through Harryette Mullen: A Writing Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence submission deadline

New Writing Scotland submission deadline

Poem of the Week

Fishbowl Poetry Open Mic

AfterWord

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Office Works

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Office Works

The Work of Charles Simic

Rowers October 2nd Reading at Glad Day

Get on Board: The Coach House Books Fall Launch

Arlotto, Nason and Szpak at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Office Works

Roy McFarlane and Friends

Charles Simic in Phoenix

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Office Works

National Poetry Day (UK)

Charles Simic reads at the University of Arizona Poetry Center

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Office Works

Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival

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Office Works

Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival

Manchester Literature Festival

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