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Laurels Enough: The Griffin Prize Anthology 2012

Introducing The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology 2012, editor David O’Meara borrows from Rilke: “Poetry is the past that breaks out in our hearts.” The shortlisted poets—four international and three Canadian, whose work was judged by O’Meara alongside the eminent Fiona Sampson and Heather McHugh—explore, O’Meara writes, “the wreckage of history, studying our personal hopes and […]

Griffin finalist poised for a hat trick: Phil Hall's Killdeer

Killdeer is poised for a hat trick: it’s won the Governor General’s Award for poetry and is a finalist for the Griffin Prize and the Ontario Trillium Book Award. That amount of acclaim shifts the lens of the review from standard to panoramic. It becomes somewhat of a given that a book with so much […]

Griffin finalist aspires to the condition of music: Jan Zwicky's Forge

Forge is a book of extraordinarily beautiful poems. The book appears suspended—even the print floating just off the page. Reading it or even thinking about it, I have a strong sense of being physically slowed down, of holding my breath. It is not only Zwicky’s subject matter and imagery, but her exact and meticulous poetics. […]

Poet vs. Poet online: Keeney on the 2010 GG shortlist

GGs offer dazzle vs. wisdom Feature Review ~ Patricia Keeney   Richard Greene. Boxing the Compass. Montreal: Signal Editions, 2009 Michael Harris. Circus. Montreal: Signal Editions, 2010 Daryl Hine. &: A Serial Poem. Markham: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010 Melanie Siebert. Deepwater Vee. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2010 Sandy Pool. Exploding into Night. Toronto: Guernica, 2009 […]