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CBC Poetry Prize: The longlist

CBC's Canada Writes, along with our partners the Canada Council for the ArtsAir Canada’s enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre, are pleased to announce the 37 works on the longlist for the 2013 CBC Poetry Prize

The following texts were selected from over 2,000 submissions received from across the country. 

Portraits by Joshua Bouchard (Elliot Lake, ON)
Migration (1851-1882) by Lauren Carter (The Pas, MB)
Writers' Bedrooms by Kate Cayley (Toronto, ON)
Cracked by Meira Cook (Winnipeg, MB)
Little children, little children! by Meira Cook (Winnipeg, MB)
Song and Temporary by Kayla Czaga (Vancouver, BC)
Waiting for spring, or something by Ruth Daniell (Vancouver, BC)
Collection of Poems by Carolyn Doornekamp (Toronto, ON)
Laurentian Suite by Susan Glickman (Toronto, ON)
Homage by Jenny Haysom (Ottawa, ON)
Cueva de Pileta by Maureen Hynes (Toronto, ON)
Morning in the burned house by Veronika Izabela (Toronto, ON)
Guestbook Entries by Gordon Johnston (Otonabee-South Monaghan, ON)
The River by Andrew Julnes (Vancouver, BC)
Seizures by Garth Martens (Victoria, BC)
Rote Welter by Garth Martens (Victoria, BC)
Waiting for Wind by Claire Matthews (Surrey, BC)
On Naming and the Origin of Pity by Cassidy McFadzean (Regina, SK)
SON-LINE by Christopher Penny (High River, AB)
The Jargon Of Satyrs by Christopher Penny (High River, AB)
Borealis by Pamela Porter (North Saanich, BC)
Marie by Michael Prior (Richmond, BC)
We Are Approximate Beings Made Proximate By Love; Bone Houses by Bruce Rice (Regina, SK)
A Hedgehog in the Kitchen Keeps the Cockroaches at Bay by Robin Richardson (Mississauga, ON)
Sit How You want, Dear; No One's Looking by Robin Richardson (Mississauga, ON)
Einstein's Beach by Linda Rogers (Victoria, BC)
Two Girls by Laisha Rosnau (Coldstream, BC)
Placebo by Elizabeth Ross (Toronto, ON)
The Trailer by James Scoles (Winnipeg, MB)
I Blame MASH For My Addiction To MLS by Bren Simmers (Vancouver, BC)
Bluegrass Meteorology by Alison Smith (New Germany, NS)
Body Temperature by Kilby Smith-McGregor (Toronto, ON)
Strolling into Loveliness by Susan Stenson (Victoria, BC)
In Baghdad it is Night by Kim Trainor (Vancouver, BC)
Maslow's Frozen Basement by Janet Trull (Ancaster, ON)
One Day in the City of Longing by Mark Wagenaar (Dentont, TX, USA)
Portage by Phoebe Wang (Toronto, ON)

Congratulations to everyone who made the longlist! And thank you to everyone who participated.

This year’s readers were Elizabeth Bachinsky, Katherine Bitney, Alex Boyd, Amatoritsero Ede, Andrew Faulkner, Barbara Klar, Grant Loveys, Carmelita McGrath, Philip Kevin Paul and Sarah Tsiang. 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.

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


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