The Archibald Lampman Award recognizes an outstanding book of English-language poetry by an author living in the National Capital Region.

2012 Winner

“Wore Down Trust” by Michael Blouin

2012 Shortlist

“Glengarry” by rob mclennan

“Post-Apothecary” by Sandra Ridley 

Sandra Ridley’s collection of poems Post-Apothecary explores the physical embodiments and poetic possibilities of illness. The tone ranges from fever-induced fragments to folk-remedy archaica, and Post-Apothecary walks the eerie histories of the sanatorium and the asylum. Calling Post-Apothecary lush and adventurous, the judges underscored Ridley’s influence on the current generation of young writers in Canada. Ridley offers us neither diagnosis nor cure, but sits with us through “An onslaught of nights

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