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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
October 14, 2018

from Where do you feel?

by Donato Mancini

The opening half of "Where do you feel?" by Donato Mancini is simple but striking, in several respects. How does this selection from Mancini's 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted Same Diff achieve such a profound effect?

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
October 7, 2018

from Skinned Alive

by Donald Nicholson-Smith, translating from the French by Abdellatif Laâbi

This week's Poem of the Week is an excerpt from "Skinned Alive", from the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted In Praise of Defeat, a collection of the work in French of poet, novelist, playwright, translator, and political activist Abdellatif Laâbi, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith. These crisply presented lines offer a sharp twist on the poetic device of rhetorical questions.

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

Three buildings make a tide

by Tongo Eisen-Martin

Of the collection from which Tongo Eisen-Martin's poem "Three buildings make a tide" comes, the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize judges observed "Heaven Is All Goodbyes moves between trenchant political critique and dreamlike association, demonstrating how, in the right hands, one mode might energize the other — keeping alternative orders of meaning alive in the face of radical injustice." Line by line, we can feel the movement the judges describe, and yes, we can feel the clash of allusive, at times elusive, at times propulsive energies at play.

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

Thirty-Seven

by Sue Goyette

In her 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poetry collection, Sue Goyette creates a singular character, with distinctive presence and personality, out of an unlikely entity - the ocean. The poems of Ocean depicts the eponymous subject as, by turns, feisty, mischievous, threatening and mercurial. When she takes on something so immense with such imagination and verve, it's not surprising that she can work similar poetic alchemy with the soul.

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



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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

The Amelia Poetry Award for emerging young women – submission deadline

Poem of the Week

Fishbowl Poetry Open Mic

AfterWord

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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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Roy McFarlane and Friends

Charles Simic in Phoenix

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National Poetry Day (UK)

Dromineer Literary Festival

Charles Simic reads at the University of Arizona Poetry Center

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Dromineer Literary Festival

Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival

Baseline Press and Knife|Fork|Book Toronto Chapbook Launch

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Dromineer Literary Festival

Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival

Manchester Literature Festival

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Dromineer Literary Festival

Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival

Manchester Literature Festival

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Manchester Literature Festival

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Manchester Literature Festival

Domenica Martinello + Quatuor Gualuor at Tree Reading Series

Lorimer, de Giacomo and Harris at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Manchester Literature Festival

2018 Toronto Book Award winner announced

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Manchester Literature Festival

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Manchester Literature Festival

#todayspoem

The Al Purdy A-Frame Residency application deadline

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Manchester Literature Festival

Lyric Writing Workshop

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Manchester Literature Festival

The New Prize in Literature winner announced

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

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Manchester Literature Festival

The Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize submission deadline

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Manchester Literature Festival

Moritz, Frank and Jenoff at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Manchester Literature Festival

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Manchester Literature Festival

Toronto International Festival of Authors (aka IFOA)

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Manchester Literature Festival

Toronto International Festival of Authors (aka IFOA)

Stratford Writers Festival

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Manchester Literature Festival

Toronto International Festival of Authors (aka IFOA)

Stratford Writers Festival

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Manchester Literature Festival

Toronto International Festival of Authors (aka IFOA)

Stratford Writers Festival

StillPoint Writing Workshop

Best Canadian Poetry of 2018 launch

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Toronto International Festival of Authors (aka IFOA)

StillPoint Writing Workshop

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Toronto International Festival of Authors (aka IFOA)

Daniel Lockhart + Jamaal Jackson Rogers at Tree Reading Series

Nielsen, Grace and Dedora at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Toronto International Festival of Authors (aka IFOA)

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Toronto International Festival of Authors (aka IFOA)

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Toronto International Festival of Authors (aka IFOA)

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Toronto International Festival of Authors (aka IFOA)

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Toronto International Festival of Authors (aka IFOA)

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

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The Young Buck Poetry Prize submission deadline

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Deanna Young, Julie Bruck and Randall Maggs appear at Words

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