from mantra of no return
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.
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!
Homage to Gaia / At Ursula’s
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.
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.
The 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize
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