CBC Poetry Prize: 2 Quebecers make the longlist

Branka Petrovic, longlisted in 2012 for the CBC Poetry Prize, and Larissa Andrusyshyn, author of two collections, 2010's Mammoth and this year's Proof, are among 25 poets longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize.

Larissa Andrusyshyn and Branka Petrovic among 25 poets under consideration

Branka Petrovic, left, and Larissa Andrusyshyn are two Montreal poets longlisted for the 2015 CBC Poetry Prize. (CBC)

Branka Petrovic and Larissa Andrusyshyn are the two Quebecers longlisted for this year's CBC Poetry Prize.

Both live in Montreal.

Petrovic, whose entry is entitled Mechanics of a Gaze, completed her MA in English literature and creative writing at Concordia University. She received her BA in English literature and philosophy from McGill University.

Her poems have appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, Arc Poetry Magazine, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review and The Fiddlehead, among others.

Her work was longlisted for the 2012 CBC Poetry Prize and shortlisted for the 2013 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition. 

First Lines

Inverted, her eyes are melancholic trance,

incarcerated reverie. Reversed, her lips:

lapsed laurels. Her mouth ajar as if to utter 

quarantine. Patterns of solitude 

laser out of her gaze, expose 

the inside of her iris red.

Andrusyshyn's entry is entitled The Radium Girls. 

Her first poetry collection, Mammoth (DC Books, 2010), was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers' Federation First Book Prize and the Kobzar Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in CV2, carte blanche and Encore Literary Magazine. 

Andrusyshyn runs creative writing workshops for at-risk youth.

Her second collection, Proof (DC Books), was released last spring.

First lines

The trouble with girls is that you have to be one,
falling in an endless loop or grounded,
like a cement truck, spinning in place.

We harness a lambent beam on camel hair.
Among cure-alls and hayburners,
we are held together by our own gravity like stars.
Wayward, we poke through the night