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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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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
October 18, 2020

from mantra of no return

Kaie Kellough

This excerpt from "mantra of no return", from Kaie Kellough's 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection Magnetic Equator, illustrates vividly how music informs and is fundamental to his work. This selection packs within its glorious cascade the fascinating technical language of how music is conceived, classified and performed to the sheer musicality of words as they are assembled and vocalizations. Yes, "the rainforest is a mixing board with infinite inputs and infinite outputs" ... so is the poet himself.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
October 11, 2020

Abundance

Louise Glück

Louise Glück's "Abundance" is a lush celebration of life and the sense of plenty, buoyed subtly but powerfully by layers of sensory pleasures. We are all feeling incredibly celebratory at the news this past week that Glück has been recognized as the recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature. A vibrant selection from this very worthy, newly minted Nobel Laureate is just what we need!

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
October 4, 2020

Homage to Gaia / At Ursula’s

Derek Mahon

As we note with great sadness the passing of revered Irish poet Derek Mahon, we are comforted to be able to turn to his fine and wondrous words. Join us in revisiting a selection from his 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Life On Earth.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
September 27, 2020

from Return from London

Sarah Riggs, translated from the French by Etel Adnan

The opening line of this section of the poem sequence "Return from London" startles, as it depicts startled creatures. What happens after that?

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The 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize

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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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Get to know the Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award recipients

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30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

Kingston Readers and Writers Virtual Festival

2020 Wild Words North Writing Festival (virtual)

The Word On the Street

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

Wordfest 25@25

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

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

AfterWords Literary Festival (online)

The Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets 2020 submission deadline

Barjeel Poetry Prize 2020 submission deadline

Victoria Festival of Authors

Forest Poet-Tree Walk Podcast and Webcast

Paul Muldoon Poetry Reading: Why Brownlee Left

Life is too short: online readings and recorded performances

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

AfterWords Literary Festival (online)

Victoria Festival of Authors

Governor General’s Literary Awards nomination deadline

Canadian Library Month

National Poetry Day (UK)

7th Annual Fred Cogswell Award For Excellence in Poetry submission deadline

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

AfterWords Literary Festival (online)

Victoria Festival of Authors

Canadian Library Month

Reading: de Meijer, du Plessis, MacAskill

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

AfterWords Literary Festival (online)

Victoria Festival of Authors

Canadian Library Month

Writing into the Unknown: Fortifying a Curious and Imaginative Practice with Sue Goyette

Poetry in Translation – Molly Peacock, A.F. Moritz, Alice Major, George Elliott Clarke and Anna Yin

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

AfterWords Literary Festival (online)

Victoria Festival of Authors

Canadian Library Month

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

Canadian Library Month

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

Canadian Library Month

Wordfest 25@25

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

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

Canadian Library Month

Introduction to Poetry

Life is too short: online readings and recorded performances

Poetry Reading with Nicole Sealey and Vijay Seshadri

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

Canadian Library Month

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

Canadian Library Month

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

Canadian Library Month

Winchester Poetry Prize 2020 winners announced

Canadian Library Month

Canadian Library Month

Arvon at Home Writing Week: Poetry Towards a Collection

Canadian Library Month

Arvon at Home Writing Week: Poetry Towards a Collection

Wordfest 25@25

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

Canadian Library Month

Arvon at Home Writing Week: Poetry Towards a Collection

Life is too short: online readings and recorded performances

Canadian Library Month

Arvon at Home Writing Week: Poetry Towards a Collection

Thomas Morton Prize submission deadline

Canadian Library Month

Arvon at Home Writing Week: Poetry Towards a Collection

Canadian Library Month

Canadian Library Month

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Elizabeth Bradfield, Sean Hill & Robert Wrigley

Canadian Library Month

Vancouver Writers Fest

Canadian Library Month

Vancouver Writers Fest

Wordfest 25@25

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

Carson and Stacey at the (online) Art Bar Poetry Series

Canadian Library Month

Vancouver Writers Fest

Introduction to Poetry

Poetry London Readings (online) – Ali Blythe / Randy Lundy

Canadian Library Month

Vancouver Writers Fest

Poetry on the Front Lines

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

Irresistible Revolution: A Conversation on Poetry and Community

Canadian Library Month

Vancouver Writers Fest

Poetry on the Front Lines

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

Canadian Library Month

Vancouver Writers Fest

Poetry on the Front Lines

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

Online: Free Time: Building Community for Incarcerated Writers

The Last Poets & Christine Otten

Canadian Library Month

Vancouver Writers Fest

Poetry on the Front Lines

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

Forward Prizes for Poetry 2020 winners announced

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Dina Nayeri & Celeste Ng

Best Canadian Poetry Launch

Sunday Poetry Readings

Canadian Library Month

Poetry on the Front Lines

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

Brick Books 45th Anniversary Celebration

Journeys of Self-Discovery: Billy-Ray Belcourt & Tyler Pennock

Canadian Library Month

Poetry on the Front Lines

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

Wordfest 25@25

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

H of a Night Online – Meet the Presses and bpNichol Shortlist Announcement

Barwin and Leblanc at the (online) Art Bar Poetry Series

Canadian Library Month

Poetry on the Front Lines

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

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Canadian Library Month

Poetry on the Front Lines

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

Canadian Library Month

Poetry on the Front Lines

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

Canadian Library Month

Poetry on the Front Lines

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

National Poetry Competition submission deadline

The American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize submission deadline

Gordon Hill Press Fall 2020 Poetry Launch (online)

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