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Poetry Prize: Public vote

CBC Poetry Prize: Announcing YOUR favourite entry

You still need to wait until tomorrow morning to find out who won this year’s CBC Poetry Prize. But today we’re revealing the one work that you—the public—would most like to see win.  

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Last week we published the five works on the shortlist for this year’s CBC Poetry Prize and asked you to vote for your favourite. Although the outcome of this vote will have no influence on who wins the competition (the jury has already met), the winner will get bragging rights and the satisfaction of knowing that her submission was voted as the favourite among Canadians.

And winner of the public vote is…

Marion Quednau for “Yesterday I Looked Inside”. Her work received 27% of the popular vote.

Here are some quotes about her story that we received from our online readers:

“The poem strikes a chord with me about the human condition, what we choose to turn away from, where we may decide to act halfway, where we are lucky to notice and think about what our flinching may actually mean. The poem unfolds and I found myself drawn right in the middle of the action and reflection. A compelling and human voice.” —U Bergmann
“The poem has a fresh, real and everyday feel about it and yet rises above the ordinary. The language soars, dips and turns inward on both the teller and the told. It is a tale of humility, sorrow, self-blame and finality…” 
—Colin Haskin

“The words are terse, to the point, and describe a tenuous balance between callow rubbernecking and serious concern. In the end the poet reveals her own sense of tragedy.”
—Sam Goldenberg

Congratulations, Marion!

The other four shortlisted works had some equally passionate fans. Here's a sampling of comments we received.

Long Exposure” by Stephanie Bolster
“This poem forces my total involvement. I see, and relate to something I'll never see and will probably never have happen to me. The list, images, rhythm, internal rhyme, all serve to pull me in and increase the impact of what I am about to see through Stephanie's eyes and the eyes of the photographer. Having read it, I feel impacted… Well done!”
—Nancy Sayre

Great Aunt Unmarried” by Sadiqa de Meijer
“I like the observational detail used by the speaker and how still, from that coy position the writer shows such depth of feeling and respect for the subject. Of all the selections I found the style and word choice most poetic.”
—Renee Blanchette

The Texada Queen” by Catherine Greenwood

“Deftly navigates the longitude and latitude of the intersections of love and pain between a violent father and his daughter's longings for understanding.”
—Frances Reilly

Stikine Country” by Emily McGiffin

“I liked how all the poems formed part of a unified work, and each has a particularly sweet moment, like in a piece of music, that arrives at just the right time. The part you end up humming to yourself the rest of the day.”
—Alex Russell

Congratulations to all our finalists! We wish them all luck tomorrow.

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We'd like to thank all of you for taking the time to read the shortlisted works and voting for your favourite. As a special thank you, we entered all of your names in a draw for this sleek and handy Canada Writes journal. Congratulations Sharlene Ketelaar! You've got one coming to you in the mail.

Be sure to check back tomorrow morning (Tuesday, September 25) as of 8:30 a.m. ET to find our which of these five works will win the Grand Prize.

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