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Poetry Prize: Public vote

CBC Poetry Prize: Announcing YOUR favourite

You still need to wait until Monday morning to find out who won this year’s CBC Poetry Prize. But today we’re revealing the one work that you—the public—has chosen as your favourite.

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 his/her submission was voted as the favourite among Canadians.

And winner of the public vote is…

"Bluegrass Meteorology" by Alison Smith.> Congratulations Alison!

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

Alison's poems were near-faultless, concrete depictions of a difficult-to-qualify emotive state.
- Dylan Sealy

In only 19 lines this poem carries us to a back country place, another time; it remembers, it feels, it confronts the boundary between life and the afterlife, matter and energy, what is tangible and what is not. 
- Phillip Norton

It resonates - I've loved and lost grandparents and these poems capture the wisps of memories grand kids have and the knowledge that this now frail person was once young, vital, and essential.
- Kathleen McLarty

Well done Alison!

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

This is a sensitive and honest poem about how people are marked, in language and in the flesh. It skillfully moves from public life to private experience and the ending feels sublime. Wonderful work.
- Medrie Purdham

The finely crafted "Borealis" is rich with details that depict the broader inter-connectedness of all life.  Ms. Porter anchors the inter-connectedness in a mother knowing the need to take care of others with unwavering love, yet she can also pause to witness small bursts of joy.  A fine poem that brought tears to my eyes for the mother's strength and the poet's artistry.
- Elizabeth Grant

I love the non-linear trip this poem takes me on. I get to fill in so many blanks, yet the language prevents me from falling off a cliff of non-sequiturs. The images hold me on their tenuous threads long enough to appreciate the internal rhymes, the juxtapositions in this poem. How can I not agree with a poet who tells me "This is as pleasant as it gets."?
- Rhonda Ganz
I love the way the writer transforms the present into the past, using the trailer both as metaphor and as a physical reminder that our lives are more than the unloved things we carry. 
- Katie Darby Mullins

Congratulations to all our finalists! We wish them all luck on Monday. 

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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 Hannah Marie Smith! You've got one coming to you in the mail.

Be sure to check back Monday, September 30 to find out which of these five works has won the Grand Prize.


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