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League of Canadian Poets 2020 Shortlists

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Monday, April 20, 2020, Toronto, ON: The League of Canadian Poets is excited to announce the 2020 Book Awards Shortlists, including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 11, 2020. Visit poets.ca/awards for complete information. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted poets and their publishers for their fine work. Many thanks to the jurors for their dedication to this year’s awards.
Float and Scurry

Float and Scurry

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2020 GERALD LAMPERT MEMORIAL AWARD SHORTLIST In acclaimed short-fiction writer Heather Birrell's rollicking debut full-length poetry collection, Mr. T, Joni Mitchell, Fidel Castro, and the poet's mother (among others) barge in to distract and derail the poet's dreams. The poems in this book are playful, hallucinatory, and often funny. They explore the far-fetchedness and perseverance of love between friends and family members, the importance of libraries and locked mental health wards, and ways …

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Nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
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77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin
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Nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
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Re-Origin of Species
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Nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
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How She Read

How She Read

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Nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award
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Sotto Voce
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Into the Humber River

 

Someone tore the hands off a big round clock, familiar
as a classroom compass & abandoned it
to the weeds. It took the time right out of us, poured
it through the small black circle in the clock's
centre & underground into the river.
It was a blessing to watch the hours & minutes
drain away. We didn't miss it the way we'd miss
our own hands. That sudden calm when time
disappears, the atmosphere soupy with fish & bug
& bird busy-ness, the glare of springtime green.
If you spoke into that empty hole, it would hold
your words & breathe them back to you
in the sensible prose of granite & bridge,
in bird vowels, cloud song, river.

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Nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award
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