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

The Scarecrow Wears a Wire

by Paul Farley

"His work engages with the commonplace and the overlooked ..." is just part of why the 2007 Griffin Poetry Prize judges were drawn to Paul Farley's poetry collection Tramp in Flames. What they go on to observe about Farley's work is what made the poem "The Scarecrow Wears a Wire" singular then ... and perhaps even more so now, several years later.

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

from Snowline

by Donato Mancini

Let's marvel at another example of how Donato Mancini creates simple but striking assemblages of words on the page. This excerpt from the poem "Snowline" is from Mancini's 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Same Diff. A previous rendition of the poem stood alone in its own chapbook published in 2015.

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

A Cup of Tea with Issa

by David W. McFadden

We will always miss David McFadden's wondering, curious, whimsical voice. We are grateful he left us so much, such as Why Are You So Sad?, the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted work from which we've selected "A Cup of Tea with Issa" for this week's Poem of the Week.

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

Passing and Violence

by Natalie Shapero

Not only have we learned and felt much through Natalie Shapero's direct words in selections (such as this poem and this poem) from her 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Hard Child, but we can also learn and feel through what she withholds in a piece.

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

from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Border Dog (Not Collie)

by Michael Hofmann, translated from the German written by Durs Grünbein

Michael Hofmann translates and brings alive anew many vivid phrases, images and sensations in this excerpt from German poet Durs Grunbein's poem "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Border Dog (Not Collie)". Would it be fair to assume that the intense cumulative effect of this poem accurately reflects the sentiments Grunbein strove to convey in the original, which is possibly inspired by his early upbringing in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall? Let's revisit this poem and consider this question again.

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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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Vancouver Writers Fest

Toronto International Festival of Authors

C.D. Wright’s One with Others: A Poetry Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer in Residence position (Hamilton, Ontario) application deadline

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXVIII

Celebration of the Poetry of Billy-Ray Belcourt

Fahner, Byenkya and Langevin at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Toronto International Festival of Authors

#todayspoem

Toronto International Festival of Authors

National Poetry Competition submission deadline

The LaHave Review submission deadline

Writing About Illness and Disability workshop with Jacob Scheier

Toronto International Festival of Authors

The Young Buck Poetry Prize submission deadline

The Malahat Review Open Season Awards submission deadline

Words Aloud Festival

Words – The Literary and Creative Arts Festival

Poets Anonymous

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Words Aloud Festival

Words – The Literary and Creative Arts Festival

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Trowbridge Stanza

Toronto Lit Up Launch of Launches

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Words Aloud Festival

Words – The Literary and Creative Arts Festival

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

C.D. Wright’s One with Others: A Poetry Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie Junior Competition Online Finals submissions open

Celebration of Poetry in Motion in Halifax

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Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Canada Water Library Creative Writing Group

Wolsak and Wynn Toronto Launch

Stones, di Sciascio-Andrews and Wagner at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Verb Festival

Writers Read Concordia presents Margaret Christakos in conversation with Sina Queyras

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Verb Festival

#todayspoem

Mile End Poets’ Festival – Deep Curation: Experiments in Poetry Reading Curation

Writing About Illness and Disability workshop with Jacob Scheier

TIFF Docs presents: Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Verb Festival

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference

Poetry in Aldeburgh

Palimpsest Press Fall Launch

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Verb Festival

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference

Poetry in Aldeburgh

John Barton Sonnet Workshop

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Verb Festival

Poetry in Aldeburgh

C.D. Wright’s One with Others: A Poetry Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Vancouver Manuscript Intensive application deadline

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

The Art of Rhetoric workshop at Citadel

In Our Tongues

Graham, Drukker and Redvers at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Rykov, Benkya, Rajagopalan and Thompson at Brockton Writers Series

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

2019 CBC Poetry Prize shortlist announced

Boston Originals

Writing About Illness and Disability workshop with Jacob Scheier

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Woodstock Poetry Festival

YYC POP: Portraits of People submission deadline

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Woodstock Poetry Festival

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Woodstock Poetry Festival

C.D. Wright’s One with Others: A Poetry Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

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Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Garebian, Cok and Rogal at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Lunch Poems at SFU

Young and Whitehead read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

2019 CBC Poetry Prize winner announced

Citadel Open House / Drop In

Writing About Illness and Disability workshop with Jacob Scheier

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Poets & Players with Khalvati, Dunthorne, Garland and Ask My Bull

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) 7th Anniversary

Maureen Hynes + E Martin Nolan at Tree Reading Series

Jacobs, Ferrante and Rogal at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Gordon Hill Press 2019 Fall Launch

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

#todayspoem

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award submission deadline

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