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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
June 21, 2021

Grief After Grief After Grief After Grief

Billy-Ray Belcourt

For National Indigenous Peoples Day, our Poem of the Week is “Grief After Grief After Grief After Grief,” by the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize Canadian winner, Billy-Ray Belcourt from his collection, This Wound is a World (Frontenac House).

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
June 14, 2021

A Wake

Liz Howard

This National Indigenous Month, we celebrate voices and poetry that speak to the pluralities of Indigenous identities. Following Jordan Abel, this week’s poem is “A Wake” by the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Canadian winner, Liz Howard from Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (McClelland & Stewart), a collection “filled with energy and magic, suspended between competing inheritances, at home in their hyper-modern hybridity” (Judge’s citation).

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
June 7, 2021

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Jordan Abel

Our Poem of the Week comes from Jordan Abel’s third book of poetry, Injun (Talonbooks) Canadian winner of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
May 31, 2021

Red Wall

by Tracy K. Smith and Changtai Bi, translated from the Chinese written by Yi Lei

We begin the week with “Red Wall,” a poem by Yi Lei from her 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection, My Name Will Grow Wide Like a Tree, translated from the Chinese by Tracy K. Smith and Changtai Bi.

“Across the English and the Chinese, readers will hear, perhaps more than anything, the conversation that took shape between Yi Lei’s poetics and my own,” writes Tracy K. Smith in the preface of the collection. The long-lasting friendship and extraordinary collaboration between Smith, Lei, and Bi enabled the translation of this collection in English.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
May 24, 2021

From Underworld Lit

Srikanth Reddy

Our Poem of the Week is excerpted from the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Underworld Lit by poet and literary scholar Srikanth Reddy. Resisting categories, Underworld Lit is a genre-bending book of short prose vignettes that weaves troubled dispatches from an untenured academic, class materials from a course on the underworld, a cancer diagnosis, and a makeshift early 20th century French translation of a late imperial Chinese book.

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The books and poets of the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

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Liz Howard & Matthew James Weigel at Border Crossings’ Origins Festival (UK)

Jordan Abel launching Nishga, in conversation with Ian Williams

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RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers winners revealed

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The Prose Poem – poetry writing class

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Billy-Ray Belcourt and Jordan Abel in conversation

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The Greek Bicentennial Poetry Pamphlet Prizes submission deadline

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