CBC Literary Prizes

Notice of Assessment by Amy Alt

Amy Alt has made the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for Notice of Assessment.

2019 CBC Poetry Prize longlist

Amy Alt is a Montreal-based writer. (Submitted by Amy Alt)

Amy Alt has made the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for Notice of Assessment.

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.

About Amy

Amy Alt writes about real events, her entanglements with bioscience and modern dance and the vicissitudes of making a living in New York, Chicago, Boston and now Montreal.

Entry in five-ish words

Contract for overt and covert concerns.

The poem's source of inspiration

"The barely sustainable rules and treaties we create to control our urges and responses to finesse the chasm between 'should do' and 'want to do' without losing too much face in the process."

First lines

Attention Complainant Party;

We wish to inform you that while identifying aspects of your profession may be noted within the documents in question, they are of insufficient quantity to merit concern. Continued insinuation of your personage shall be considered an easement, and in no way reflects the entirety of your manifest being, nor does it confer upon you any responsibility or liability beyond acceptance, via prior possession or temporary lease, of artistic license.

Pursuant to the terms of this notice, the divulgence of Complainant Party's identity shall be assiduously avoided by the Party of the First, but is pretty unlikely anyway since: a) neither of us met the other's friends, b) you're hardly a novelty in your demographic,c) I don't think your friends actually read.

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