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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
March 24, 2019

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. Let's revisit what he achieves in this unforgettable piece.

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

Anniversary

by Karen Solie

With "Anniversary", from her 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Short Haul Engine, Karen Solie perhaps sets out to undermine romantic love with the less-than-attractive aspects of everyday life. On the other hand, perhaps she has created an unconventionally beautiful love poem - doing the very same thing.

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

Food For Risen Bodies – I

by Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts is consistently identified as and commended for being a poet who produces works that skilfully juxtapose religious and secular themes. This selection from the poem sequence "Food for Risen Bodies" from his 2005 International Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Corpus is a striking example of the fine balance he achieves.

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

from I Imagine a Poet

by Khaled Mattawa, translating from the Arabic by Adonis

Previously discussing Adonis: Selected Poems from the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist, we've noted with admiration how translator Khaled Mattawa has forged powerful poems that stand as unique entities distilled from the source of Adonis' works in Arabic. As we look again at an excerpt from another selection from this collection, we continue to marvel ... as we catch our breath.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
February 24, 2019

Ten What

by Natalie Shapero

Natalie Shapero certainly has a way with opening lines. We observed that previously with "My Hand and Cold", from her 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Hard Child ... and she left us feeling off kilter and apprehensive for the rest of the poem. She does it again in "Ten What" to somewhat different but equally unsettling effect.

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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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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.

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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

Freedom to Read Week

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Freedom to Read Week

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

Freedom to Read Week

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

Freedom to Read Week

Cosmonauts Avenue 2019 Poetry Prize submission deadline

Midweek Poems with Open Book

National Poetry Library Lates

Annual lecture by Ireland Professor of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Joy Harjo reads at Mississippi State University

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

BAMBDFEST:2019

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Freedom to Read Week

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

Poetry Festival Singapore National Poetry Competition 2019 submission deadline

Big Pond Rumours Press 3rd Annual Chapbook Contest 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

Freedom to Read Week

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop 21st Annual International Writing Contest submission deadline

Poetry NOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards entry deadline

Ferlinghetti In Photographs

Anstruther Press Winter 2019 Launch

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Freedom to Read Week

Winter Into Spring poetry workshop

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

The Brotherton Poetry Prize submission deadline

The Poet’s Toolkit course at Poetry School

#twitterpoetryclub

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

#todayspoem

Hamilton Review of Books Presents Poets & Pints

Millhaven, Alexander and Sosa-Valezquez at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

StAnza Poetry Festival

Ferlinghetti In Photographs

Midweek Poems with Open Book

Muttertongue: a performance

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

StAnza Poetry Festival

Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie Online Semifinals submission deadline

Readings by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Tentacular Thinking & Writing: A Poetry Workshop

Workshop: Ontogeny, Phylogeny and Poetry with Michael Broder

Celebration of E. Pauline Johnson

Home Truths

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

StAnza Poetry Festival

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

Listen Deep: Poetry, Sound & Multitudinous Remix

Poetry Reading – Brenda Hillman and Craig Morgan Teicher

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

StAnza Poetry Festival

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

Winter Into Spring poetry workshop

Growing Room 2019: Indigenous Brilliance

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

StAnza Poetry Festival

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with George Elliott Clarke – application deadline

The Poet’s Toolkit course at Poetry School

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

Canada Water Library Creative Writing Group

Connors, Davis and Bebenek at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

Ferlinghetti In Photographs

Midweek Poems with Open Book

Peggy Poole Award readings – Yvonne Reddick and Deryn Rees-Jones at The Bluecoat

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

Tentacular Thinking & Writing: A Poetry Workshop

Workshop: Ontogeny, Phylogeny and Poetry with Michael Broder

Lorna Goodison, Poet Laureate of Jamaica in Conversation with Louise Welsh

Parkland Poets Reading Series

Natalie Shapero reads at the University of Arizona Poetry Center

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

#todayspoem

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

#todayspoem

Winter Into Spring poetry workshop

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

#todayspoem

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

#todayspoem

The Poet’s Toolkit course at Poetry School

#twitterpoetryclub

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

#todayspoem

Cork International Poetry Festival

Launch of Carolyn Forché’s What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance

Takatsu, Kemp and Da Costa at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Cork International Poetry Festival

#todayspoem

Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie Online Semifinals results notification

Lunch Poems at SFU

Ferlinghetti In Photographs

Midweek Poems with Open Book

Pare and Murakami read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Cork International Poetry Festival

World Poetry Day

#todayspoem

Tentacular Thinking & Writing: A Poetry Workshop

Workshop: Ontogeny, Phylogeny and Poetry with Michael Broder

The Lawn Chair Soiree

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Cork International Poetry Festival

#todayspoem

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Cork International Poetry Festival

The Tenth States of Independence Book Festival

#todayspoem

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

#todayspoem

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

#todayspoem

Common Readings – The March Edition

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Versefest

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

#todayspoem

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) Nowruz Celebration

Assenza, Parisien and Laliberte at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Versefest

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

#todayspoem

Ferlinghetti In Photographs

Midweek Poems with Open Book

28

Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Versefest

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

#todayspoem

Tentacular Thinking & Writing: A Poetry Workshop

Book Launch: What the Poets Are Doing – Canadian Poets in Conversation

Parkland Poets Reading Series

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Versefest

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

#todayspoem

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Versefest

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

#todayspoem

Owning Our Stories submission deadline

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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Versefest

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

#todayspoem

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

Sage Hill Summer Poetry Workshop application deadline

Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize submission deadline

National Poetry Month.ca

#todayspoem

Grain Magazine’s Short Grain Writing Contest submission deadline

#WhanThatAprilleDay

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

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

#twitterpoetryclub

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

#todayspoem

Songs of Travel at the Festival of Colour Arts Festival

Rowers April 2 Reading at Glad Day

Wong, Cheung and Shalfi at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

#todayspoem

Songs of Travel at the Festival of Colour Arts Festival

Midweek Poems with Open Book

MoonVerse: A Spoken Word and Poetry Series

Poetry Association of Scotland: Jacob Polley

Poetry NOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

#todayspoem

Tentacular Thinking & Writing: A Poetry Workshop

Workshop: Ontogeny, Phylogeny and Poetry with Michael Broder

Eunoia – Fujiwara Dance Inventions

Dive into Spring 2019 at the Coach House Launch

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

Orcas Island Lit Fest

Cambridge Literary Festival

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference 2019 Call for Proposals deadline

#todayspoem

Reid and Munro at Planet Earth Poetry reading series

An Evening with Margaret Atwood

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

Orcas Island Lit Fest

Cambridge Literary Festival

#todayspoem

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