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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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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
August 12, 2018

Seeing the Ocean from a Night Flight

by Eleanor Goodman, translating from the Chinese by Wang Xiaoni

In "Seeing the Ocean from a Night Flight", Eleanor Goodman, translating from an original poem in Chinese by Wang Xiaoni, encapsulates an experience that many have had but few know how to express so beautifully. This poem, from the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Something Crosses My Mind, grows more haunting with every reading.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
August 5, 2018

Dream in Which I Am Separated from Myself

by Kate Hall

The poems of The Certainty Dream by Kate Hall all have that clear-eyed, precise and utterly wacky conviction about what is right according to the opaque, hilarious and sometimes terrifying logic of dreams. This conviction, which could be the certainty of the collection’s title, permeates almost every poem in this collection, and “Dream in Which I Am Separated from Myself” is no exception. This poem from Hall's 2010 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted book is definitely worth another visit.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
July 29, 2018

from 38

by Layli Long Soldier

Layli Long Soldier's "38" from her 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Whereas is a potent centerpiece of, as the prize judges express it in their citation, "an intricate and urgent counter-history, a work of elegy, outrage and profound generosity", striving for interconnection in the present while grappling with the past. We are privileged to be able to see and hear Long Soldier present this complex work with startling and edifying clarity.

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

Suddenly,

by Robin Blaser

Robin Blaser's "Suddenly," from his 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection The Holy Forest, fascinates in myriad ways and on many levels. Deceptively simple and arresting is how he wields word and line spacing to guide the reader and create haunting, subliminal effects. We think this previous Poem of the Week is worth a revisit.

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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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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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Galway International Arts Festival

Poem of the Week

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

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Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

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Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXV

Piudik, Arima and Dewar at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

RL Poetry Award submission deadline

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Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

Panic in the Labyrinth Performance

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Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

Glass Buffalo 2018 Poetry Contest submission deadline

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Poem of the Week

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Jackie Kay Workshop

#twitterpoetryclub

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Gervais, Wallin and Blumer at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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2018 Toronto Book Award shortlist announced

Panic in the Labyrinth Performance

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Spoke Literary Festival

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Spoke Literary Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Poetry Workshop: Tentacular Thinking & Writing with Sarah Burgoyne

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Spoke Literary Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Poetry Workshop: Tentacular Thinking & Writing with Sarah Burgoyne

Poem of the Week

Brick Books Long Poem Giveaway contest deadline

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

The New Prize in Literature voting closes

Hynes, Bloom and Oughton at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence application deadline

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

#todayspoem

Panic in the Labyrinth Performance

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

Poem of the Week

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

#twitterpoetryclub

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

Sutterfield, Dennis and Ghosh at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edwin Morgan Poetry Award winner announced

Sawdust welcomes Urban Legends at the Royal Oak

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

National Poetry Day (New Zealand) with the Phantom Billstickers

Artists Outside the Big City: Tanis Macdonald Reading and Panel

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

Beyond Borders International Festival

Heather Cadsby reads in Sarnia

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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

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Word Christchurch Festival 2018

Boston Poet Laureate application deadline

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