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

from Love Toward the Ashes

Joanna Trzeciak, translating from the Polish written by Tadeusz Rózewicz

Reading the opening lines of the poem "Love Toward the Ashes", we realize that an oft-used symbol or image can deliver distinctly divergent effects when different poets wield it. Let's compare this poem excerpt - from the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Sobbing Superpower by Joanna Trzeciak, translating from the Polish written by Tadeusz Ró?ewicz - to another recent Poem of the Week selection.

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

Soon

Michael Palmer

When a poem is spare and succinct, how that affects readers may differ widely. Does it make the poem cold and clinical? Conversely, does the poem come across as more honest if it is unembellished and to the point? Is there a greater sense of calm - or perhaps a stronger sense of emotion - with fewer, presumably well chosen, possibly more powerful words? Michael Palmer's "Soon", from his 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Company of Moths, quietly stirs up these questions.

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

Altarpiece

Clayton Eshleman, translating from the Spanish written by César Vallejo

We were sorry to learn this past week of the passing of respected poet and translator Clayton Eshleman. We are grateful for the poetry and translation works he has left us. He was immensely dedicated to poetry and translation throughout his career, with distinguished work on Aimé Césaire, Pablo Neruda, Antonin Artaud and more. His translation of César Vallejo's work was shortlisted for the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize, and we are going to revisit one of those powerful pieces this week.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
January 31, 2021

from No Sky

Sarah Riggs, translated from the French written by Etel Adnan

What an intoxicating experience, when a poem introduces you to an image, in just a few words captures your attention and fascination ... and then takes you in unexpected directions from what you thought the image might mean. This crisp excerpt from 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection Time, by Sarah Riggs, translated from poetry originally written in French by Etel Adnan, is endlessly surprising.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
January 24, 2021

The Next to Last Draft

C.D. Wright

So much is packed with deceptive ease into the flowing, colloquial, wise and wisecracking poem "The Next to Last Draft" by the late C.D. Wright from her 2003 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Steal Away, so much so ...

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Virtual Summer Teachers Institute 2021 — Poetry in an Antiracist Classroom proposal submission deadline

Ontario Culture Days Creatives in Residence proposal submission deadline

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition, 2021 submission deadline

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Melinda Moustakis, Hananah Zaheer & Arna Bontemps Hemenway

An Afternoon with Jane Hirshfield & Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Contest submission deadline

2021 FOLD Festival Program submission deadline

Fugue’s 2021 Writing Contest opens

Sweet Bites: A Taste of Poetry (virtual)

Cessar and Di Saverio at the (online) Art Bar Poetry Series

4-H Poetry Special Interest (SPIN) Club for Youth in Grades 7-12

In Conversation: Anne Carson & Nick Laird

Poetry & BYOBiscuits for February

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song Poetry Reading

Words out Loud Spoken Word/Poetry Series

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

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Felicia Zamora, Peggy Shumaker & Maurya Simon

An Afternoon with Carolyn Forché & Lori Soderlind

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Karina Vernon & Kaie Kellough: The Black Prairie Archive

Lillian Allen: 2020-21 Gustafson Distinguished Poet, Vancouver Island University – Reading/Performance and Q&A

Poetry Workshop with Liz Howard

4-H Poetry Special Interest (SPIN) Club for Youth in Grades 7-12

un/settled: Reading Black Women, Art, Poetry and Place

Lillian Allen: 2020-21 Gustafson Distinguished Poet, Vancouver Island University – Lecture

Couplet Quarterly Reading Series and Social-Winter Edition

Margaret Atwood: A Virtual Conversation for 2021 and Beyond

Rewriting the Love Poetry Tradition, Going Beyond Stereotypes and Cliches – poetry writing class

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Daniel J. O’Malley, Ashley Wurzbacher & Cary Holladay

Columbia Journal Spring Contest submission deadline

Director’s Choice: Louise Glück

I Read Canadian Day

4-H Poetry Special Interest (SPIN) Club for Youth in Grades 7-12

Riverbed Reading Series – iteration four

Paisley Book Festival

Creative Writing for Wellbeing: Long Covid

Paisley Book Festival

#todayspoem

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Paisley Book Festival

Craft Seminar: Writing the Poem No One Wants to Read (and You Definitely Don’t Want to Write) with Patricia Smith

Paisley Book Festival

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers submission deadline

Parallel Careers podcast

Paisley Book Festival

Paisley Book Festival

Poetry London Readings – Catherine Graham / Sachiko Murakami

4-H Poetry Special Interest (SPIN) Club for Youth in Grades 7-12

Paisley Book Festival

Paisley Book Festival

Paisley Book Festival

NationalPoetryMonth.ca 2021 submission deadline for visual poems

The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest submission deadline

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Chris Martin, Bonnie Nadzam & Maxine Scates

Craft Seminar: Writing the Poem No One Wants to Read (and You Definitely Don’t Want to Write) with Patricia Smith

The Bergman Prize submission deadline

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4-H Poetry Special Interest (SPIN) Club for Youth in Grades 7-12

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Paper Covers Rock Readers & Writers Festival

Paper Covers Rock Readers & Writers Festival

FERAL: A Journal of Poetry & Art (Weather issue) submission deadline

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