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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
August 2, 2020

Lima Limón :: Infancia

Natalie Scenters-Zapico

We can be captivated by a poem in so many ways, at so many levels, from appreciation of the craft, the structural aspects, the technical wizardry, to engagement in the thematic, be it topical or historical, to astonishment at words on the page exuding surprising emotional heft. How about the exhilaration produced by words evoking potent sensory impressions? Let's look (and engage other senses, for that matter) at how a crisp selection from Natalie Scenters-Zapico's 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Lima :: Limón achieves this.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
July 26, 2020

Verso 32.2

Dionne Brand

In the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted work The Blue Clerk, Dionne Brand scrutinizes in unique and lyrical fashion how writing happens and what it produces, in part through an ongoing dialogue between a poet and a clerk who keeps secure watch over the poet's work. Along the way, Brand tackles eternal questions around how art is realized and received. Verso 32.2 is part of a contemplation of whether or not works can and should be separated from their human, fallible and sometimes cruel creators.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
July 19, 2020

My Hand and Cold

Natalie Shapero

Natalie Shapero's "My Hand and Cold", from her 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Hard Child, keeps the reader feeling off kilter, even apprehensive, over the course of seven brief stanzas. Let's examine again how she does it ... and why.

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

My Poem Without Me in It

Sharon Olds

We actually cannot imagine a poem by Sharon Olds minus her strong and singular presence, in the spotlight, offering vibrant commentary or at very least hovering unmistakeably in the near background. Let's take a look at "My Poem Without Me in It" from Olds' 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Arias, confirm that she's there ... and try to understand why she would even suggest such a thing as a Sharon Olds-less poem.

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

Now Rough, Now Gentle

Carl Phillips

"Carl Phillips is a poet of the line and a poet of the sentence, both at once," declares the judges' citation for Phillips' 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poetry collection Silverchest. The poem "Now Rough, Now Gentle" is an emphatic example of the poet's prowess.

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The 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize

Learn more here about the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.




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2020 Shortlist

The books and poets of the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

Learn more here about the poetry collections, poets, translators and publishers recognized on the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.

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Initiatives

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Lifetime Recognition

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Birds of Longing: Online Exhibit and Gallery Talk

Poetry and Pottery: An Online Workshop with Molly Peacock

Birds of Longing: Online Exhibit and Gallery Talk

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McNally Jackson Presents: Poetry 101 with Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Birds of Longing: Online Exhibit and Gallery Talk

Teen Summer Poetry Lab Online (Grades 6-8)

Teen Summer Poetry Lab Online (Grades 9-12)

Forward Prizes: Meet the Poet, with Rachel Long in conversation with Kim Moore

Birds of Longing: Online Exhibit and Gallery Talk

LCP Chapbook Series: From My Window, a collection of poetry from Atlantic Canada – submission deadline

Life is too short: online readings and recorded performances

Birds of Longing: Online Exhibit and Gallery Talk

Teen Summer Poetry Lab Online (Grades 6-8)

Teen Summer Poetry Lab Online (Grades 9-12)

Birds of Longing: Online Exhibit and Gallery Talk

The LaHave Review submission deadline

Poetry London Mentoring Scheme submission deadline

Winchester Poetry Prize 2020 submission deadline

The Maynard — Call for Poetry & Cover Art submission deadline

The 2020 Brooklyn Public Library Poet-in-Residence application deadline

Poetry Gala with Terrance Hayes & Mona Arshi

SpokenWeb Artist/Curator-in-Residence Fellowship application deadline

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Toronto Arts Council Literary Projects application deadline

Forward Prizes: Meet the Poet, with Natalie Diaz in conversation with David Wheatley

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Poetry and Pottery: An Online Workshop with Molly Peacock

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Forward Prizes: Meet the Poet, with Vicki Feaver in conversation with Alexandra Harris

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Parkland Poets Reading Series

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Edinburgh International Book Festival (online)

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Edinburgh International Book Festival (online)

Forward Prizes: Meet the Poet, with Caroline Bird in conversation with Leaf Arbuthnot

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Life is too short: online readings and recorded performances

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Online: Free Time: Building Community for Incarcerated Writers

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A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt publication date

Forward Prizes: Meet the Poet, with David Morley in conversation with Alexandra Harris

Edinburgh International Book Festival (online)

Life is too short: online readings and recorded performances

Edinburgh International Book Festival (online)

Parkland Poets Reading Series

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Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2020 submission deadline

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Diode Editions Poetry Book & Chapbook Contest submission deadline

Forward Prizes: Meet the Poet, with Pascale Petit in conversation with Kim Moore

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