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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
April 4, 2021

Dream of a Language that Speaks

by Michael Palmer

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.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
March 28, 2021

About My Mother

by Adam Zagajewski, translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh

We were deeply saddened to learn this past week of the passing of beloved and revered Polish poet and essayist Adam Zagajewki, who left us on World Poetry Day. We are immensely grateful for the work he left us, especially so because we got to celebrate that life's work in person when Zagajewski received the Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award in 2016.

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

An Enemy Comes Down the Hill

Fady Joudah, translating from the Arabic written by Ghassan Zaqtan

This week, we're rereading a previous Poem of the Week and approaching it from some different vantage points. We have 9 years' worth of selections to choose from, and the poem that calls out to us is "An Enemy Comes Down the Hill", Fady Joudah's translation from the Arabic of Ghassan Zaqtan's original poem from the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize collection Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems.

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

Manipulating Manifesting
(Re)generating Landscapes

Abigail Chabitnoy

In the 475 weeks we've celebrated Poems of the Week associated with Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poetry collections, anthologies and related works, we have regularly reflected on the power of poetry read aloud. It's fascinating to compare the words on the page to how you hear it as you read it to yourself and how others interpret it as they read it aloud. "(Re)generating Landscapes" by Abigail Chabitnoy from her poetry collection How to Dress a Fish from the most recent Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist is just one of many examples where putting the page and the audio rendition side-by-side is an intriguing and revealing exercise.

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

The Good Companion

David Harsent

David Harsent weaves an underlying sense of unease, even menace through this and many of the poems in his 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Selected Poems 1969-2005. While poetry can comfort and shed gentle light on myriad subjects, it is often at its most potent making readers uncomfortable - which is not a bad thing. Let's observe Harsent's mastery and learn more about how he went on to wield it.

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The books and poets of the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

Learn more here about the poetry collections, poets, translators and publishers recognized on the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.

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Versefest Director and Artistic Director job application deadline

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Open Door Reading Series: Mairead Case, Kenyatta Rogers, Erika Hodges, and Israel Solis Jr.

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In Conversation: Billy Collins & Nick Laird

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EMWF Showcase: National Poetry Month Celebration

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Poetry London Readings – Phil Hall

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Monthly Virtual Live Reading at Poets Corner – Spoken Word Night

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Gordon Hill Press Spring 2021 Book Launch

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Uproar: Anywhere But Here submission deadline

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