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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
February 17, 2019

An awkward lyric

by Denise Riley

In just four lines, Denise Riley encapsulates her fascination with lyric poetry and lyrics and opens floodgates of provocative thought about what constitutes poetry. There is much to delve into and many directions in which to head from the starting point offered by this selection from her 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Say Something Back.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
February 10, 2019

Wave

by Don Paterson

Don Paterson's "Wave" is unique as it brings to life in tricksterish fashion an entity we don't usually expect to see depicted quite this way. While singular, we realize that this poem from Paterson's 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection 40 Sonnets also reads well with some excellent companion pieces.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
February 3, 2019

The third time my mother fell

by Jane Mead

World of Made and Unmade, shortlisted for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize, is poet Jane Mead's spirited and moving book-length poem dealing with the bittersweet waning days of her family's matriarch. We enter Mead's contemplation of this farewell to her mother by way of a jolting and almost perversely lively "cold open" ...

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
January 27, 2019

Citation for Matthew Rohrer’s “A Green Light”

As we've mentioned before and is evidenced in many of our notes accompanying these selected poems, when we consider each Poem of the Week, we often take as our cue the observations of the hardworking and erudite Griffin Poetry Prize judges. Their citations capturing and praising the nominated works are an essential part of each shortlist announcement. We've also remarked on how those citations are fine crafted pieces unto themselves, as they pay tribute to shortlisted works.

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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

Speakeasy – Vermeersch / Szpak / Hazime / Biacora / Jones

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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

Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Contest submission deadline

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Winter Into Spring poetry workshop

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

The Poet’s Toolkit course at Poetry School

#twitterpoetryclub

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Rowers February 5 Reading at Glad Day

Accessing the Unconscious Part 2

Wild Writers featuring Ivy Reiss and Jovan Shadd

Stitt, Malyon and Trowbridge at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Midweek Poems with Open Book

Pen and Brush Presents … Effie Pasagiannis and Kiaya Rose Dilsner-Lopez

Kingston – 3 Ottawa Poets Reading – Haysom, Van Loon, & Young

Muttertongue: a performance

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

An Entertainment for W.S. Graham

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Winter Into Spring poetry workshop

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Afternoon Poems: Love Poetry

Dead Rabbits Season Five: February Reading

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

The Poet’s Toolkit course at Poetry School

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Canada Water Library Creative Writing Group

Accessing the Unconscious Part 2

Brydges, Matthews and Killeen at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

The Banff Centre Writing Studio application deadline – extended!

Poetry in Union: Railway Lines and Valentines

Midweek Poems with Open Book

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Verve Poetry Festival

Parkland Poets Reading Series

SpokenWeb Deep Curation Poetry Reading

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Verve Poetry Festival

Fairbanks Arts Association’s 24th Statewide Poetry Contest entry deadline

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Verve Poetry Festival

Trinity Review 131 Spring Journal submissions deadline

Winter Into Spring poetry workshop

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series 9th Anniversary Showcase

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Verve Poetry Festival

#todayspoem

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers submission deadline

The Poet’s Toolkit course at Poetry School

#twitterpoetryclub

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Accessing the Unconscious Part 2

Fefferman, Chan and McOrmond at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Lunch Poems at SFU

Midweek Poems with Open Book

Elmslie and Swan read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Crestone Poetry Festival

Workshop: Ontogeny, Phylogeny and Poetry with Michael Broder

The Lawn Chair Soiree

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Crestone Poetry Festival

Galiano Literary Festival

The Lament for Art O’Leary

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Crestone Poetry Festival

Galiano Literary Festival

The Lament for Art O’Leary

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

Winter Into Spring poetry workshop

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Crestone Poetry Festival

Galiano Literary Festival

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

The Poet’s Toolkit course at Poetry School

Common Readings – The February Edition

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXI

Cameron Anstee + Chuqiao Yang at Tree Reading Series

Accessing the Unconscious Part 2

Kabamba, Fraser and Ajuba at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Cosmonauts Avenue 2019 Poetry Prize submission deadline

Midweek Poems with Open Book

National Poetry Library Lates

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Summer Literary Seminars (SLS) 2019 Literary Content submission deadline.

Poetry Festival Singapore National Poetry Competition 2019 submission deadline

Workshop: Ontogeny, Phylogeny and Poetry with Michael Broder

Parkland Poets Reading Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Anstruther Press Winter 2019 Launch

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Winter Into Spring poetry workshop

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