from Return from London
The opening line of this section of the poem sequence "Return from London" startles, as it depicts startled creatures. What happens after that?
Poetry often possesses the power to sweep us along, even if we don't know where it might be taking us. Shane Book's poem "Janelas", from his 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Congotronic, has just such an effect.
Preface to the Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology 2018
Regularly as glorious as the poems we celebrate here every week from the Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted and winning poetry collections are the ways in which the Griffin Poetry Prize judges pay tribute to those works. Many of the judges' citations, including several we've singled out here (most recently the citation for Jan Zwicky's 2012 shortlisted Forge), are virtually poetic pieces unto themselves. Taking that craft and sense of celebration to a whole other level is Ian Williams' preface to the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize anthology.
When a poem tells an intriguing story, or even a story that seems straightforward at first glance, the poet is often employing that storytelling approach to interesting ends. We've observed this in several past Poems of the Week. Sometimes those ends are very different than the storytelling means, as seems to be the case with Charles Simic's "Prodigy".
nightfall or, the other half is silence
In her 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection heft, Doyali Islam crafts with particular thought and care how her poems are presented on the page. While she uses her poems' layout to powerful effect, it is just as potent when she does not.
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 2020 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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