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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
November 29, 2020

from We Were There When Jazz Was Invented

Joy Harjo

In the text just preceding the poem "We Were There When Jazz Was Invented" from the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, Joy Harjo declares "All the stories in the earth's mind are connected." In the opening two stanzas, Harjo weaves subtle connections illustrating this contention.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
November 22, 2020

Family Ghosts

Abigail Chabitnoy

Abigail Chabitnoy's 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection How to Dress a Fish sheds intense light on the suffering and injustice generations of her family suffered, focusing on what her great-grandfather went through and endured. The poem "Shebutnoy" uses driving refrains to emphasize the poet's steadfast unearthing of her family's history. This week's Poem of the Week, "Family Ghosts" takes a markedly different but still affecting approach to capture the poet's commitment to her family's story.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
November 15, 2020

Scorched Maps

Mira Rosenthal, translated from the Polish written by Tomasz Rózycki

The poem "Scorched Maps", written in Polish by Tomasz Rózycki and translated into English by Mira Rosenthal, wastes no time in suggesting one direction, then moving disarmingly in another. Out of constraints of form and an accumulation of images with negative connotations, a surprising message of hope emerges.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
November 8, 2020

Mountain Pine Beetle Suite – II. summer: mating season

Chantal Gibson

The poem "summer: mating season" is the second of four pieces comprising the "Mountain Pine Beetle Suite" from Chantal Gibson's 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection How She Read. Let's look at it standalone, as well as considering how it is a powerful moving force within the sweep of a larger poetic statement.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
November 1, 2020

from Liquid Flesh

Brenda Shaughnessy

"I’ve been melted into something / too easy to spill." Although the exact phrase appears further on, this line at the midpoint of this stirring selection from Brenda Shaughnessy's 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Our Andromeda could be the precise inspiration for the poem's title, "Liquid Flesh".

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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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The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (aelaq) Book Fair (online)

Meet the Presses Indie Lit Symposium

Heliconian Club 2020 anthology submission deadline

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award submission deadline

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition 2020 submission deadline

Smith College High School Poetry Prize submission deadline

Briarpatch Writing in the Margins contest submission deadline

Vallum Magazine Issue 18:1 (Invisibility) submission deadline

Wordfest 25@25

Brick Books Book Club

powe and Andrews at the (online) Art Bar Poetry Series

Introduction to Poetry

A-frame Poetry Workshops with Ben Ladouceur

BC Launch of We are One – Poems from the Pandemic

Finding Light in the Dark: Poetry Workshop

Midwest Poets Series: Featuring Kansas City poet Bridget Lowe

2020: Writing in an Age of Crisis, with Jericho Brown

Poetry Lit – Online Reading Series

Poetry Helps: Poetry for Social Work Reading Event

Words out Loud Spoken Word/Poetry Series

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An Afternoon of Poetry: Readings by Cave Canem Poets

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Nancy Lord, Eva Saulitis (read by Mara Saulitis) & Richard Adams Carey

Craft Seminar: Your Own Singing School: How to Create your own Tradition with Ilya Kaminsky

Tom McGrath Maverick Award 2020 application deadline

FERAL: A Journal of Poetry & Art (Love issue) submissions open

RSL Literature Matters Awards 2021 submission deadline

SpokenWebPod Listening Party – Sounds of Trance Formation

Warren and Cole at Blacksmith House Poetry Series

2021 Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie Junior Online Finals submission deadline

Wordfest 25@25

2020 RWB Jackson Lecture: Dionne Brand with Rinaldo Walcott

Forward Book of Poetry Reading

Blackout Poetry Night with Erin Dorney

A-frame Poetry Workshops with Ben Ladouceur

Janet Coats Memorial Prize submission deadline

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A Special Hanukkah Zoom Poetry Reading

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Siaara Freeman

The Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets 2020 winners announcement

Held and Sheffield at Blacksmith House Poetry Series

A-frame Poetry Workshops with Ben Ladouceur

The Folklore Prize 2020 Poetry Competition submission deadline

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Creative Writing for Wellbeing: Long Covid

Performance: Our Moana Nui; We are Pacific Islander Studies

Makar to Cracker

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Online: Free Time: Building Community for Incarcerated Writers

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2021 Griffin Poetry Prize deadline (2 of 2) for entries

The Moth Poetry Prize submission deadline

The Caribbean Writer Volume 35 – A Tribute to Kamau Brathwaite submission deadline

2021 Frog Hollow Chapbook Contest submission deadline

Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Contest early bird submission deadline

StoryTown 2020 Poetry Competition submission deadline

The Bergman Prize submissions open

Poetry Lit – Online Reading Series

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