2012 CBC Poetry Prize: The longlist

34 writers have made the 2014 CBC Poetry Prize longlist.

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

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

  • "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. 

CBC Books, along with our partners the Canada Council for the Arts, Air 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.

The shortlist was announced on September 17, 2012.