Read poems from the Griffin Poetry Prize finalist collections

David W. McFadden has won this year's Griffin Poetry Prize for best Canadian poetry, while Palestinian-born Ghassan Zaqtan was presented with the international honour.

The winners were announced on June 13 at a gala event in Toronto.

The award is one of the richest in CanLit: the winner in each category takes home $65,000 and each finalist receives $10,000 for participating in the shortlist readings event at Koerner Hall in Toronto.

In honour of this year's finalists (four international and three Canadian), CBC Books is giving you a taste of their nominated collections. Click on any book cover below to read a poem from the nominated collection. And don't forget to check out our Q&As with the shortlisted poets!

Canadian Shortlist

What's the Score? by David W. McFadden Sailing to Babylon by James Pollock Personals by Ian Williams

International Shortlist

Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems by Ghassan Zaqtan, translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah Liquid Nitrogen by Jennifer Maiden Night of the Republic by Alan Shapiro Our Andromeda Brenda Shaughnessy