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Griffin Poetry Prize: 2020 Shortlist

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The International Shortlist is Abigail Chabitnoy for HOW TO DRESS A FISH; Sharon Olds for ARIAS; Etel Adnan for TIME, translated by Sarah Riggs; and Natalie Scenters-Zapico for Lima :: Limón. Canadian shortlist is below. More info at http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/awards-and-poets/shortlists/2020-shortlist/
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How She Read

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HOW SHE READ is a collection of genre-blurring poems about the representation of Black women, their hearts, minds and bodies, across the Canadian cultural imagination. Drawing from grade-school vocabulary spellers, literature, history, art, media and pop culture, Chantal Gibson's sassy semiotics highlight the depth and duration of the imperialist ideas embedded in everyday things, from storybooks to coloured pencils, from paintings to postage stamps. A mediation on motherhood and daughterhood, b …

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heft

heft

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so, it traced 

the perimeter of its plastic cage,

wondering at the hard unseeable edge,

hurrying to make sense of its enclosure.

From "The Ant"

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Magnetic Equator

Magnetic Equator

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An original, inventive--and visually stunning--exploration of place, identity, language, and experience from the acclaimed poet, novelist, and sound performer.

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The poems in Kaie Kellough's third collection drift between South and North America. They seek their ancestry in Georgetown, Guyana, in the Amazon Rainforest, and in the Atlantic Ocean. They haunt the Canadian Prairie. They recall the 1980s in the suburbs of Calgary, and th …

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an abandoned radio's static roars against the ocean

walking the seawall

thought and noise converge in a needle

shivering between stations

having traversed air, am i noise or am i here

From "exploding radio"

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