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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
April 22, 2018

Epistolary Correspondences

by Susan Howe

Poem of the Week is now on the second week of a seven-week exploration of selections from the just announced 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist. This time, we're delving into the riches of the extended Foreword of Susan Howe's work, Debths.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
April 15, 2018

from Heaven Is All Goodbyes

by Tongo Eisen-Martin

Over the next seven weeks, our Poem of the Week choices will come from the freshly announced 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist. The first selection is an excerpt from the titular poem of Tongo Eisen-Martin's powerful collection Heaven Is All Goodbyes.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
April 8, 2018

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by Jordan Abel

As we await the announcement of the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist, let's take a look back at selections from 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize-winning collection Injun by Jordan Abel. We learned a lot in previous Poem of the Week discussions about his powerful use of found poetry. Other techniques contribute to the impact of his work, as he revealed in an interview last year.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
April 1, 2018

The Fable of the Open Book

by Don Paterson

We were charmed once before by Don Paterson's "The Fable of the Open Book" from his 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection 40 Sonnets and we're pretty sure you were, too. Let's visit it again.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
March 25, 2018

First Flowers

by Hoa Nguyen

Let's savour another intriguing selection from 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted colletion Violet Energy Ingots by Hoa Nguyen. At the same time, let's consider the poem relative to insights Nguyen offered in an interview around the time the collection was shortlisted, in the spring of 2017. How apropos that the poem is about spring ...

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Griffin Poetry Prize Highlights

Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
Jordan Abel, Erin Soros

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Jordan Abel, author Erin Soros (reading for 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Denise Riley)

Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
2017 Griffin Poetry Prize judges Joan Naviyuk Kane, George Szirtes and Sue Goyette
Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
Abdellatif Laabi, Donald Nicholson-Smith

2017 International Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Abdellatif Laabi and translator Donald Nicholson-Smith

Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Alice Oswald

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Alice Oswald reads at Koerner Hall

Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Frank Bidart

2017 Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award recipient Frank Bidart reads at Koerner Hall

Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Sandra Ridley

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Sandra Ridley reads at Koerner Hall

Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings at Koerner Hall

Front row (left to right): Frank Bidart, Erin Soros (who read for Denise Riley), Donald Nicholson-Smith, Abdellatif Laabi, Sandra Ridley - Back row (left to right): Jeramy Dodds (who read for Jane Mead), George Szirtes, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Sue Goyette, Hoa Nguyen, Scott Griffin, Alice Oswald, Jordan Abel

Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Hoa Nguyen, Jordan Abel, Sandra Ridley and Donald Nicholson-Smith

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poets and translators Hoa Nguyen, Jordan Abel, Sandra Ridley and Donald Nicholson-Smith at the book signing tables after the readings at Koerner Hall

Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Scott Griffin

Griffin Poetry Prize founder Scott Griffin welcomes guests to the 2017 awards ceremony.

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Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
2017 Griffin Poetry Prize awards ceremony

Tropical decor at the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize awards ceremony

Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
Hoa Nguyen, Sonnet L'Abbe

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Hoa Nguyen, poet, editor and professor Sonnet L'Abbe

Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
Joan Naviyuk Kane, Erin Soros

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Joan Naviyuk Kane, author Erin Soros (who read for 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Denise Riley)

Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
Adam Sol, Erin Knight, Adam Dickinson

2016 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Adam Sol, Erin Knight, Adam Dickinson

Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
Jordan Abel, Chelsea Novak

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Jordan Abel, Chelsea Novak

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Erin Soros, Sandra Ridley
Erin Soros, Sandra Ridley

Author Erin Soros (reading for 2017 International Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Denise Riley), 2017 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Sandra Ridley

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Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley

Griffin Poetry Prize assistant Jessica Cooney, Griffin Poetry Prize press and publicity manager Melissa Shirley

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Abdellatif Laabi
Abdellatif Laabi

2017 International Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Abdellatif Laabi

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Sandra Ridley, Scott Griffin, Erin Soros
Sandra Ridley, Scott Griffin, Erin Soros

2017 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Sandra Ridley, Griffin Poetry Prize founder Scott Griffin, author Erin Soros (reading for 2017 International Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Denise Riley)

Alice Oswald, John FitzGerald
Alice Oswald, John FitzGerald

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Alice Oswald, John FitzGerald, Director of Information Services & University Librarian, University College (Cork)

Krystyne Griffin, Adrienne Clarkson
Krystyne Griffin, Adrienne Clarkson

Krystyne Griffin and former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson

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Krystyne Griffin, Adrienne Clarkson
Frank Bidart

2017 Griffin Lifetime Recognition award recipient Frank Bidart

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The books and poets of the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! 2018 Contest submission deadline

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Purdy Drinks

#twitterpoetryclub

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Brennan, Dewar and Reynolds at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Fresh Pressed – The Coach House Spring Launch

Four fabulous poets at Sanderson Public Library

European Poetry Festival

Why Are You So Scared? & Other Questions about Poetry, Medicine, and Shocks of Mortality

National Poetry Month Celebration at Argo Bookshop

Poems & Prose on Permission

Pivot Readings with Konchan, Bramer and Couture

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

European Poetry Festival

2-Day Poem Contest registration deadline

Poem of the Week

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

European Poetry Festival

Richmond Hill Public Library 14th Annual Poetry Gala

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

European Poetry Festival

Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Poem of the Week

Poem of the Week

SALON-SUNDAY with Erin Moure and So Mayer

National Poetry Month Show

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

European Poetry Festival

Poem of the Week

TRASNÚ ~ COMAR – Crossways 2018: The Irish Scottish Cultural and Literary Festival

Muldoon’s Picnic

European Poetry Festival – British & Lithuanian poets collaborate!

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

European Poetry Festival

Poem of the Week

TRASNÚ ~ COMAR – Crossways 2018: The Irish Scottish Cultural and Literary Festival

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist announced

Ronna Bloom at Tree Reading Series

Baeck, Barbour and more at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

European Poetry Festival

Poem of the Week

TRASNÚ ~ COMAR – Crossways 2018: The Irish Scottish Cultural and Literary Festival

#todayspoem

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

European Poetry Festival

Poem of the Week

TRASNÚ ~ COMAR – Crossways 2018: The Irish Scottish Cultural and Literary Festival

Robert Creeley Lecture in Poetry and Poetics

Anansi Poetry Bash

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

European Poetry Festival

Poem of the Week

TRASNÚ ~ COMAR – Crossways 2018: The Irish Scottish Cultural and Literary Festival

Poetics Plus Roundtable, Discussion and Readings

17th Annual Poetry Reading at Flin Flon Public Library

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

European Poetry Festival

Poem of the Week

TRASNÚ ~ COMAR – Crossways 2018: The Irish Scottish Cultural and Literary Festival

2-Day Poem Contest

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Poem of the Week

TRASNÚ ~ COMAR – Crossways 2018: The Irish Scottish Cultural and Literary Festival

2-Day Poem Contest

Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Poem of the Week

16

National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize submission deadline

Six Week Poetry Course with Theresa Munoz

#twitterpoetryclub

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie National Finals

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie – La grande finale

Marchand, Gervais and Bassam the Poet at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Us Too – Dunya Mikhail reads from The Beekeeper

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie National Finals

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie – La grande finale

Sawdust presents Ayesha Chatterjee and Sarah Kabamba

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie National Finals

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie – La grande finale

Verses Festival of Words

Forms and Features at the Chicago Public Library: Simile

Museum Curator Tour and Book Launch with Poet Penn Kemp

Al Purdy Poetry Night

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie National Finals

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie – La grande finale

Verses Festival of Words

Dr William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest submission deadline

Meditations on Exile, including Dunya Mikhail

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Verses Festival of Words

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Verses Festival of Words

Poem of the Week

Your Voice Here – the 2018 Edmonton Poetry Festival

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Verses Festival of Words

Your Voice Here – the 2018 Edmonton Poetry Festival

Cuirt International Festival of Literature

RBC / PEN Canada New Voices Award submission deadline

Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest submission deadline

Six Week Poetry Course with Theresa Munoz

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Verses Festival of Words

Your Voice Here – the 2018 Edmonton Poetry Festival

Cuirt International Festival of Literature

Shab-e She’r Poetry Month Celebration

Best Canadian Poetry Party

Ramji, Kreuter and Shaw at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Jen Currin + TBA at Tree Reading Series

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Verses Festival of Words

Your Voice Here – the 2018 Edmonton Poetry Festival

Cuirt International Festival of Literature

Weaver Words – Frodsham Literature Festival

McClelland and Stewart 2018 Poetry Party

Poetry and the Creative Mind, hosted by Terrance Hayes

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Verses Festival of Words

Your Voice Here – the 2018 Edmonton Poetry Festival

Cuirt International Festival of Literature

Weaver Words – Frodsham Literature Festival

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Crazy Kings and Rising Waters: An Evening with John Burnside

Speakeasy Reading Series: Last of the Season

POETRY: Eilbert, Howell, Liem, Zachary

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Verses Festival of Words

Your Voice Here – the 2018 Edmonton Poetry Festival

Cuirt International Festival of Literature

Weaver Words – Frodsham Literature Festival

#todayspoem

Vallum Issue 15:1 “Memory and Loss” Launch

the aisha of is

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Verses Festival of Words

Your Voice Here – the 2018 Edmonton Poetry Festival

Cuirt International Festival of Literature

Weaver Words – Frodsham Literature Festival

the aisha of is

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Verses Festival of Words

Your Voice Here – the 2018 Edmonton Poetry Festival

Cuirt International Festival of Literature

Weaver Words – Frodsham Literature Festival

#todayspoem

Poem of the Week

Sarau Brazil – St George Edition / Edição – São Jorge

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! 2018 Contest winners announced

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships submission deadline

Grist ProForma Contest submission deadline

Sequestrum 2018 Editor’s Reprint Award Poetry submission deadline

Six Week Poetry Course with Theresa Munoz

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Far Horizons Award for Poetry submission deadline

Jaffe, Hoy and Di Saverio at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Newcastle Poetry Festival

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Newcastle Poetry Festival

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

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Newcastle Poetry Festival

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

Kanada Koncrete: Material Poetries in the Digital Age

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Newcastle Poetry Festival

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

Kanada Koncrete: Material Poetries in the Digital Age

Loud Mouths, hosted by Kanada Koncrete

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