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CBC Poetry Prize

CBC Poetry Prize: The longlist


We received more than 2,300 submissions to the CBC Poetry Competition. 

Here are the 36 works on the longlist for the 2011-2012 prize (alphabetical by author).

Congratulations to those that made the longlist!

Long Exposure by Stephanie Bolster (Pointe-Claire, QC)
Blind Children at the Museum, 1913 by Alison Calder (Winnipeg, MB)
Great Aunt Unmarried by Sadiqa de Meijer (Kingston, ON)
Archeology by Barry Dempster (Holland Landing, ON)
A String of Sonnets by Heather Desserud (Ottawa, ON)
Whistle Stop by Robert Martin Evans (Outremont, QC)
For Gil Scott-Heron on the Day of his Death by Jack Garton (Galiano Island, BC)
The Texada Queen by Catherine Greenwood (Victoria, BC)
Women's Work by Tracy Hamon (Regina, SK)
Four Glostinas by Gordon Johnston (Peterborough, ON)
The Third Eldest Sea Princess by Ruth Johnston (Vancouver, BC)
Revenants by Jim Johnstone (Toronto, ON)
The Feather calls me by my true name by Helen Marshall (Toronto, ON)
Stikine Country by Emily McGiffin (Smithers, BC)
A short sequence of poems after household items by Rob McLennan (Ottawa, ON)
Derelict, Proof, The Dinner Party by Emily Milliken (Vancouver, BC)
Ice Fishing, Neighbours, Stones, Looking for Crayfish by Kathryn Mockler (Toronto, ON)
Hart's Tongue by Jim Nason (Toronto, ON)
On negative seeing in klimt by Branka Petrovic (Pierrefonds, QC)
Functional Equations by Sandy Pool (Calgary, AB)
The Tenor and the Vehicle by Sandy Pool (Calgary, AB)
Question and Answer by Pamela Porter (North Saanich, BC)
Hensol by Kerry-Lee Powell (Moncton, NB)
Yesterday, I looked inside by Marion Quednau (Mission, BC)
3 Poems Crumpled into Snowballs by Scott Ramsay (Vancouver, BC)
Cult Life by Kyeren Regehr (Victoria, BC)
Nay, it is; I Know not "Seems" by Robin Richardson (Toronto, ON)
Building a Home by Danica Roache (Beaver Bank, NS)
Flight Log by Karen Shklanka (Vancouver, BC)
Science Lessons by Bren Simmers (Vancouver, BC)
Three Songs for the New Technutopia by Josh Stenberg (Vancouver, BC)
On the gravity of light (10 exposures in the manner of Francesca Woodman) by Kim Trainor (Vancouver, BC)
The City Dwellers by Phoebe Wang (Toronto, ON)
Barachois by Deanna Young (Ottawa, ON)
If a Door Opened by Deanna Young (Ottawa, ON)
Family Album by Patricia Young (Victoria, BC)

This year’s readers were Oana Avasilichoaei, Jen Currin, Katia Grubisic, Ray Hsu, Dave Margoshes, Sachiko Murakami, Billeh Nickerson, Matt Rader, Jennifer Still and Bruce Taylor. We will be running Q&As with them over the next two weeks to find out how they tackled the challenge of reading all of this year’s entries.

CBC Radio, along with our partners the Canada Council for the ArtsAir Canada’s enRoute magazine, and The Banff Centre, would like to congratulate everyone who’s made the longlist! And a big thank you to everyone who participated this year.

Be sure to check back on September 17 when we will be announcing the shortlist for the prize.



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