Desolation by Kim Trainor
2019 CBC Poetry Prize longlist
Kim Trainor has made the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for Desolation.
The winner of the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.
The shortlist will be announced on Nov. 14, 2019. The winner will be announced on Nov. 21, 2019.
Kim Trainor is the granddaughter of an Irish banjo player, a Sweet Adeline, a prairie girl who ran a men-only boarding house in East Vancouver and a Polish faller who worked in the logging camps around Port Alberni in the 1930s. Her second book, Ledi, was shortlisted for the 2018 Raymond Souster Award and describes the excavation of an Iron Age horsewoman's grave in the steppes of Siberia. Her next book is Bluegrass. She teaches at Douglas College and lives in Vancouver, unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Entry in five-ish words
Wandering into Dark Mountain territory.
The poem's source of inspiration
"6th mass extinction."