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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
November 22, 2020

Family Ghosts

Abigail Chabitnoy

Abigail Chabitnoy's 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection How to Dress a Fish sheds intense light on the suffering and injustice generations of her family suffered, focusing on what her great-grandfather went through and endured. The poem "Shebutnoy" uses driving refrains to emphasize the poet's steadfast unearthing of her family's history. This week's Poem of the Week, "Family Ghosts" takes a markedly different but still affecting approach to capture the poet's commitment to her family's story.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
November 15, 2020

Scorched Maps

Mira Rosenthal, translated from the Polish written by Tomasz Rózycki

The poem "Scorched Maps", written in Polish by Tomasz Rózycki and translated into English by Mira Rosenthal, wastes no time in suggesting one direction, then moving disarmingly in another. Out of constraints of form and an accumulation of images with negative connotations, a surprising message of hope emerges.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
November 8, 2020

Mountain Pine Beetle Suite – II. summer: mating season

Chantal Gibson

The poem "summer: mating season" is the second of four pieces comprising the "Mountain Pine Beetle Suite" from Chantal Gibson's 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection How She Read. Let's look at it standalone, as well as considering how it is a powerful moving force within the sweep of a larger poetic statement.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
November 1, 2020

from Liquid Flesh

Brenda Shaughnessy

"I’ve been melted into something / too easy to spill." Although the exact phrase appears further on, this line at the midpoint of this stirring selection from Brenda Shaughnessy's 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Our Andromeda could be the precise inspiration for the poem's title, "Liquid Flesh".

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
October 25, 2020

Liverpool Disappears for a Billionth of a Second

Paul Farley

"Paul Farley is a poet of wit, sensuality and warmth. His work engages with the commonplace and the overlooked, the absurd and the catastrophic, the scientific and the mythic, in ways that make us stop and think again about what it is to be living in this particular world, at this particular moment in our history." So observed the Griffin Poetry Prize judges in their citation for Paul Farley's 2007 shortlisted collection Tramp in Flames, from which the poem "Liverpool Disappears for a Billionth of a Second" comes. We're keen to visit it, in all its intriguing renditions, again this week.

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The 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize

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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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Poetry on the Front Lines

Toronto International Festival of Authors – Bringing a New World into Focus

Quarterly West contest submissions close

The Malahat Review Open Season Awards submission deadline

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Wordfest 25@25

Poetry with Kevin Higgins – Evening Remote Course with Galway Arts Centre

Rogal and Rogers at the (online) Art Bar Poetry Series

Introduction to Poetry

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference

2020 CBC Poetry Prize shortlist announced

In the Lateness of the World: Carolyn Forché

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference

Versefest

Poetry Lit – Online Reading Series

Words out Loud Spoken Word/Poetry Series

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference

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Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Eliese Colette Goldbach, J. Malcolm Garcia & Tracy Kidder

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Vancouver Manuscript Intensive application deadline

Virtual Indigenous Writer in Residence application deadline

European Poets Night (online)

Versefest

Dearly: Poems by Margaret Atwood publication date

Wordfest 25@25

Bloom and Santos read at Boneshaker Reading Series (online)

Poetry with Kevin Higgins – Evening Remote Course with Galway Arts Centre

Writers’ Panel: Poets Laureate in Conversation

Swivelmount Launch with Ken Babstock, Matthew Tierney, and Andrew Zawacki

Italian Night at the (online) Art Bar Poetry Series

Versefest

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2020 CBC Poetry Prize winner announced

Poetry in Aldeburgh (online)

Muriel Spark: Finding Her Form, lecture by Fiona Sampson

Literary Luminaries – M. Travis Lane, Annick MacAskill, Conyer Clayton, Sherry Coffey and Ian Letourneau

Midwest Poets Series: Featuring Kansas City poet Jenny Molberg

Versefest

Poetry in Aldeburgh (online)

UOttawa’s Poetry Show

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Poetry in Aldeburgh (online)

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Poetry in Aldeburgh (online)

The Young Buck Poetry Prize submission deadline

The Yale Series of Younger Poets 2021 competition submission deadline

Jane Munro & Penn Kemp: In Conversation (online)

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Emily Wall, X’unei Lance Twitchell, Deanna Reder & Sophie McCall

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#todayspoem

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Wordfest 25@25

Poetry with Kevin Higgins – Evening Remote Course with Galway Arts Centre

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Introduction to Poetry

Poetry London Readings (online) – Madeline Bassnett / El Jones

7th Virtual Live Reading at Poets Corner

Versefest

2021 Fresh Pages Initiative application deadline

Cambridge Literary Festival – Winter Festival Online

Layli Long Soldier, Mark Turcotte & Tanaya Winder read in honor of Native American Heritage Month

Dowling and Moritz read at Victoria College Faculty Reading Series (online)

Unsettling Ideas with Billy-Ray Belcourt

Celebrating the Poets of Forms & Features (online)

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Cambridge Literary Festival – Winter Festival Online

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Cambridge Literary Festival – Winter Festival Online

Online: Free Time: Building Community for Incarcerated Writers

Toronto Poetry Slam 16th anniversary (online)

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Cambridge Literary Festival – Winter Festival Online

Atwater Poetry Project Online: Paul Celan/100

Wordfest 25@25

The Resilience Readings

Poetry with Kevin Higgins – Evening Remote Course with Galway Arts Centre

Wordfest 25@25: Margaret Atwood & Ian Williams

Claudia Rankine in Conversation (online)

The Academy of American Poets Presents Gather in Poems

The Resilience Readings

The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (aelaq) Book Fair (online)

The Resilience Readings

The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (aelaq) Book Fair (online)

Meet the Presses Indie Lit Symposium

The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (aelaq) Book Fair (online)

Meet the Presses Indie Lit Symposium

Wales Poetry Award submission deadline

The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (aelaq) Book Fair (online)

Meet the Presses Indie Lit Symposium

Pedlar Poets Reading Online

stephanie roberts book launch + readings (online)

The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (aelaq) Book Fair (online)

Meet the Presses Indie Lit Symposium

Heliconian Club 2020 anthology submission deadline

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award submission deadline

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition 2020 submission deadline

Smith College High School Poetry Prize submission deadline

Briarpatch Writing in the Margins contest submission deadline

Vallum Magazine Issue 18:1 (Invisibility) submission deadline

Wordfest 25@25

Brick Books Book Club

powe and Andrews at the (online) Art Bar Poetry Series

Introduction to Poetry

A-frame Poetry Workshops with Ben Ladouceur

BC Launch of We are One – Poems from the Pandemic

Midwest Poets Series: Featuring Kansas City poet Bridget Lowe

Poetry Lit – Online Reading Series

Words out Loud Spoken Word/Poetry Series

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