Friday, May 24, 2013 |
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!
|What's the Score? by David W. McFadden||Sailing to Babylon by James Pollock||Personals by Ian Williams|
|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|