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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
January 20, 2019

Altarpiece

by Clayton Eshleman, translating from the Spanish by César Vallejo

Let's consider more of the work of distinguished translator Clayton Eshleman, transforming into English the work in Spanish of César Vallejo. That work is encompassed in The Complete Poetry: A Bilingual Edition, which was shortlisted for the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize. Just last fall, we pondered Eshleman's work in the poem "Spain, Take This Cup From Me".

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
January 13, 2019

from Periscope

by Susan Howe

This disarmingly spare excerpt from Susan Howe's 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize-winning collection Debths offers numerous entry points and various paths by which to approach it. Let's look at one way to explore the poem's intriguing depths / debts / deaths, as the judges' citation suggests.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
January 6, 2019

Unde malum?

by Joanna Trzeciak, translating from the Polish by Tadeusz Rozewicz

Let's revisit Joanna Trzeciak's translation from the Polish of Tadeusz Rozewicz's poem "Unde malum?" It captures strikingly the age-old philosophical struggle with the problem of evil, how one can reconcile the existence of evil with that of an all knowing, all powerful and benevolent deity. Not only do Rosewicz's ruminations add to the body of thought about this dilemma, but they spark responses in fellow thinkers and poets.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
December 30, 2018

Winter Wheat

by Paul Muldoon

What kind of a whimsical puzzle has Paul Muldoon presented us with in the fractured sonnet that is "Winter Wheat", from his 2003 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection Moy sand and gravel? We've pondered it before ... let's ponder it again.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
December 23, 2018

When You Look Up

by Jan Zwicky

At first glance (or even after several glimpses, as we are revisiting this poem), you might find the slim column of text that is Jan Zwicky's poem "When You Look Up" simple, modest and unassuming. But oh, the sensory shifts through which Zwicky swiftly takes you will make you appreciate each sensation in startlingly new ways.

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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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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

#todayspoem

Centenary birthday of poet Al Purdy

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2019 Griffin Poetry Prize deadline (2 of 2) for entries

Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

The Moth Poetry Prize submission deadline

The Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2018 submission deadline

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

The 45th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading

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Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

#twitterpoetryclub

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Poetry readings by Keith Chandler and Liz Lefroy

Boneshaker Reading Series with Howell, Byenka and Shah

Kachan, Bowman and Wilder at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Banff Centre Spoken Word program application deadline

Midweek Poems with Open Book

Rebick, Nason, Mehta, Moufawad-Paul and Palmer at Brockton Writers Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

New Zealand Poetry Society quarterly magazine submission deadline

Parkland Poets Reading Series

Cadsby and Winsor at Word Up Barrie

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Discovery Poetry Contest submission deadline

Webster and Peach at Planet Earth Poetry reading series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Winter Into Spring poetry workshop

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

TS Eliot Prize Readings

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

The Poet’s Toolkit course at Poetry School

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Palette Poetry Spotlight Award submission deadline

Martin/Van Logchem, Haskins and Pierre at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Midweek Poems with Open Book

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Poems for the NHS London launch

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Biello at Planet Earth Poetry reading series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Sharon Thesen presents Pinecone Writing Workshops: Investigative Poetry

Winter Into Spring poetry workshop

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Dead Poets Reading Series

Hamilton and Epp at The Oakville Literary Cafe

Mckinney and Walker at TOAST

Dead Rabbits Season Five: January Reading

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Palm Beach Poetry Festival

The Poet’s Toolkit course at Poetry School

#twitterpoetryclub

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Palm Beach Poetry Festival

#todayspoem

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

Interview with Sharon Olds

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXX

Intensive Poetry Workshop

Gary Geddes + Shannon Webb-Campbell at Tree Reading Series

Turner, Haldoupis and Bailey at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

Midweek Poems with Open Book

Holbrook and Gray read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Sakamoto, Hynd, McGarry, Kalmder and Benoit at Balderdash Reading Series

Quattro Books Poetry Launch

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

An Evening with Halifax Poet Laureate, Afua Cooper

Parkland Poets Reading Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

Shepherd and Morton at Planet Earth Poetry reading series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

Winter Into Spring poetry workshop

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

SPARKS Literary Festival 2019

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

The Poet’s Toolkit course at Poetry School

29

Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

Ian Williams Toronto book launch for “Reproduction”

Cessac, Wu and Truscott at the Art Bar Poetry Series

30

Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

Midweek Poems with Open Book

Glasgow Poetry Book Group

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

The Malahat Review 2019 Long Poem Prize submission deadline

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

Winter Into Spring poetry workshop

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