Our Poem of the Week continues to feature this year’s Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted authors. We’re excited to share “Posthuman” by Yusuf Saadi from the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection, Pluviophile. Replete with ethereal imagery of night, clouds, and stars, Pluviophile teaches us to “dream-underwater.”
From The Dyzgraphxst
Our Poem of the Week is excerpted from Canisia Lubrin's 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection, The Dyzgraphxst, a book-length lyrical poem investigating the fractured nature of the colonial subject: “I was not myself. I am not myself. My self resembles something having nothing to do with me,” Lubrin writes. Structured into seven acts, Lubrin’s extraordinary compositional feat turns historical wounds into polyvocal chants that can simultaneously hold violence and offer healing.
Over the next few months, our Poem of the Week will feature works from the seven collections of the newly announced 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist. This week, we’re excited to share Kwantlen, a poem by Joseph Dandurand from The East Side of It All, a collection that weaves harsh depictions of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside’s street life to stories in which humans, nature, and land are ancestrally entwined.
Language (from Obit)
Over the next few months, our Poem of the Week will feature works from the seven collections of the newly announced 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist. This week’s poem is from Victoria Chang’s deeply haunting collection, Obit—a series of surreal obituaries extending the definition of what can and can’t be mourned. Chang teaches us how to speak grief, a language in which the unsayable and the mundane coexist—a ghostly, yet deeply material syntax.
Dream of a Language that Speaks
Our poem of the week has so far presented a selection of individual poems from our Griffin Prize poets. In an effort to highlight shared concerns and create conversations among the many voices of the Griffin poetry archive, we are now launching a curated monthly theme which will feature, every week, a poem from our list of shortlisted authors.
The 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize
Learn more here about the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.
Learn more here about the poetry collections, poets, translators and publishers recognized on the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.
Learn more here about other initiatives championed by The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry, including Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie, tributes, participation in literary festivals, donations and more.
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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