Read a poem from Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Heft by Doyali Islam
The award annually gives out two $65,000 prizes — one to a book of Canadian poetry and one to an international book of poetry — making it one of the world's richest prizes of its kind.
The winner will be announced on May 19, 2020.
The poems in Islam's Heft look at the nature of illness, pain and sexuality. The poetry collection casts its lens on normal female sexual experience and the notion of home in light of chronic pain and suspected autoimmune illness on a personal level.
Islam is an award-winning poet and author based in Toronto. Heft is her second collection of poems.
Read an excerpt from Heft below.
visit to a thrift shop
i can't remember which london corner
turns, once again leaving, left. knows she is
|From heft by Doyali Islam ©2019. Published by McClelland & Stewart.|