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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
January 12, 2020

Ramsden

by Margaret Avison

Let's take a few moments to relish the simple pleasures of Margaret Avison's poem "Ramsden", from her 2003 Griffin Poetry Prize-winning collection Concrete and Wild Carrot.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
January 5, 2020

Debarker

by Liz Howard

There is so much packed into the slim, breathless column of poetry that is Liz Howard's poem "Debarker", from her 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent. Let's revisit this piece and debark from the poem its many-layered cargo.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
December 29, 2019

from Venus Velvet No. 2

by Gjertrud Schnackenberg

It's time to revisit Gjertrud Schnackenberg's arresting collection "Heavenly Questions", which won the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize. It's epic in scope, abounding in rich classical references, mythology, science, mathematics. She majestically marshals those themes and sources to circle and zero in on her own pain. This portion of the poem "Venus Velvet No. 2" illustrates well her ability to swoop from the immense to the intimate.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
December 22, 2019

The Metal and the Flower

by P.K. Page

Not only does "a garden of barbed wire and roses" deeply intrigue, but its startling juxtaposition of beauty and menace inspires striking interpretations. What new form does P.K. Page's poem "The Metal and the Flower" take when it is lifted from the pages of the 2003 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Planet Earth: Poems Selected and New?

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
December 15, 2019

The Mule-Cart

by Michael Longley

Last week's Poem of the Week had us thinking about the journey of the poet and their words to arrive at the page before us, the readers. This week, let's consider how the poet and the poem can send us from the page and down interesting paths. Michael Longley's "The Mule-Cart" from his 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection The Stairwell does just that.

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The 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings

The readings happened June 5, 2019 at Koerner Hall in Toronto.
Enjoy the readings livestream again here and enjoy the individual readings here.

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2019 Shortlist

The books and poets of the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

Learn more here about the poetry collections, poets, translators and publishers recognized on the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize 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.



International Poetry Calendar

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2020 Griffin Poetry Prize deadline (2 of 2) for entries

The Moth Poetry Prize submission deadline

Firefly Creative Writing: writing coach application deadline

The Poetry Project: The 46th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon

The Poetry Project: The 46th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon

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Columba New Poems Online submissions open

Goodier and Braune at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Poetry, Politics and Embodiment program application deadline

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie Junior Competition winners announced

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Scottish PEN submission deadline for works influenced by the Declaration of Arbroath

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Richardson and Furster at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Other Tongues anthology Volume 2 submission deadline

Rattle Chapbook Prize submission deadline

Pandora’s Collective Annual Poetry Contest submission deadline

The Banff Centre Writing Studio application deadline

Getting More Out of Writing Poetry (afternoon session)

Taddle Creek Winter Launch

Archives Spotlight: Little Books of Lovely Verse: Canadian Poetry Chapbooks

Third Thursday Poetry Reading

Lisa Robertson Launches The Baudelaire Fractal at MOCA

Writing Workshop: To Detect from the Echo

University of Toronto Scarborough Emerging Voices magazine submission deadline

Dead Poets Reading Series

Live Poets! with Anne Simpson

Poets & Players Prize closing date

Creative Writing at the ROM

Canada Council for the Arts Annual Public Meeting

Writers Read Concordia presents Lisa Robertson in conversation with Sina Queyras

Varnam and du Plessis at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Introduction to Poetry

Scottish Poetry Library Head Librarian application deadline

Getting More Out of Writing Poetry (afternoon session)

Smith and Kirby read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

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Poets & Players with Shapcott, Moore, Tsai and Davis

Poetry is Dead Launch: Final Issue

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXXI

David O’Meara + Jessica Bromley Bartram at Tree Reading Series

Levy and McCabe at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Getting More Out of Writing Poetry (afternoon session)

The Whole Cloth Reading Series presents Sherwin Bitsui reading Dissolve

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Trillium Book Award submission deadline

The LaHave Review submission deadline

Watch Your Head anthology submission deadline

KFB Poetry Lab presents The Short Poem Workshop with Catherine Graham

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