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2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist

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The 2017 finalists for Canada's most generous poetry award.
Injun

Injun

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Award-winning Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel’s third collection, Injun, is a long poem about racism and the representation of indigenous peoples. Composed of text found in western novels published between 1840 and 1950 – the heyday of pulp publishing and a period of unfettered colonialism in North America – Injun then uses erasure, pastiche, and a focused poetics to create a visually striking response to the western genre.

After compiling the online text of 91 of these now public-domain novels …

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Violet Energy Ingots

Violet Energy Ingots

edition:Paperback

"What our lives permit us to perceive as givens, Nguyen reveals as mere conditions, inextricably tied to and guided by greater forces?from the economy to the environment, from the Mayan predictions to the menstrual cycle, from the weight of history to the burden of the future." “Michael Brodeur,The Boston Globe

The poems inViolet Energy Ingots contain a sense of dis-ease, rupture, things frayed, and grief?as love shimmers the edges. Ryo Yamaguchi describes Nguyen’s writing as “a kind of stu …

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Silvija

Silvija

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Grief is personal and unpredictable; no two people experience it the same way, and yet, each person that comes out the other side is transformed by their experience of loss and redemption.
In a sequence of five feverish elegies, Sandra Ridley's Silvija combines narrative lyric and experimental verse styles to manifest dark themes related to love and loss: the traumas of psychological suffering (isolation and confinement), physical abuse (by parent and partner), terminal illness (brain tumour and …

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