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“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.”
― Margaret AtwoodThe Blind Assassin


Canada Reads – Poetry

Canada Reads Poetry announces panellists, books

CBC News

Posted: Apr 8, 2011 12:26 PM ET

Last Updated: Apr 8, 2011 12:26 PM ET

Susan Musgrave is defending Selected Poems by Alden Nowlan, who died in 1983.
Susan Musgrave is defending Selected Poems by Alden Nowlan, who died in 1983. (Bruce Stotsebury)

CBC’s online books portal is launching a new version ofCanada Reads devoted to collections of poetry.

Five panelists — all poets — will defend their selections online and in essays published in the National Post newspaper over the next three weeks.

The debate will end with a live online chat. Then the public will choose a winner in a vote to end April 26.

The books chosen included works by acclaimed writers such as the late Alden Nowlan, a Fredericton poet and past winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, and Toronto’s Dionne Brand, who was nominated earlier this week for the Griffin and Pat Lowther poetry prizes.

The full list of competitors, with their defenders:

  • Forage by Rita Wong, defended by Sonnet L’Abbé.
  • Nox by Anne Carson, defended by Anne Simpson.
  • Inventory by Dionne Brand, defended by George Murray.
  • Selected Poems by Alden Nowlan, defended by Susan Musgrave.
  • Sheep’s Vigil by a Fervent Person by Erin Mouré, defended by Jacob McArthur Mooney.

Sheep’s Vigil is a translation, from the original Portuguese, of O Guardador de Rebanhos by 1920s and ’30s poet Fernando Pessoa, who wrote under the name Alberto Caeiro.

Carson draws on the Roman poet Catullus in her unusual, hand-bound book Nox, which is reflection on the loss of her brother.

Canada Reads Poetry can be followed online at CBC Books.


Will you follow the results of Canada Reads Poetry?  Does reading poems interest you? Why or why not?