This video has been circulating for almost a week now. Poet Neil Hilborn talks about meeting and losing his girlfriend. I found some of the comments around the web about his poem very interesting. Read more…
Competition is now open!
Deadline to submit: May 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET
This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate.
The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place winner and 4 runners-up.
The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her poetry published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony (details about the residency here), and will be interviewed on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.
The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.
Submissions to the poetry category must be between 400 and 600 words.
For more information:
My two cents:
I am surprised that this competition has a word minimum of 400 since Poetry of all the written forms can tend to be quite short. I can’t submit anything I’ve posted here on my blog since according to the rules, it counts as “previously published” (does that mean I can tell people I am a published author? heh heh). I am going to work on one new poem this week and see what happens. This should be interesting since I am not used to writing what I consider to be “long” poems.
She’s in her eighties now
At the end of a blessed life
Her husband has passed on already
But she continues to find joy
In her son and in his sons
Her grandsons tower over her
With their height and their strength
But she is not weak
They are all her babies still
When her adult grandson gets chicken pox
She buys calamine lotion and cares for him
She feeds him. She fusses over him.
Today she is making that man a quilt
She chooses the material carefully
Bits of a special dress and
pieces from one of her husband’s
scraps of pretty and special material
collected over time
As she crafts the quilt slowly and quietly
sitting in her favourite chair
on a Sunday after Church
With happy thoughts of him
She would never know that
one day this blanket would not only
bring warmth and comfort to him
But would later be wrapped
gently around his wife as she slept
and that he would use it to cradle his newborn
On a Winter night in late December
That her love for her grandson
and the work of her hands
would extend to family
She would never meet
But maybe as she works
Better than even he does
What lays in store for him
As she works on her stitches
With a satisfied smile
Image source: http://houseandhome.com/blogs/house-home-daily/patchwork-quilts
My friend has suffered
One of the biggest losses
Of her life
And last night
As I cried for her
How far grief can spread
And how deep
The love for a friend
Can run in one’s soul
And the frustration
That you can do nothing
To ease the pain
Of so many people
Who hurt so badly
For this stolen beautiful Light
We went walking at dusk
and stumbled upon a field of diamonds
We tried to get as close as we could
and let the diamonds dance before our eyes
We stood quiet and still
as the field sparkled in the dark
He tried to capture the scene forever
but technology failed us
Some things are just for a passing moment
though we can fight so hard for it not to be so
Canada Reads Poetry announces panellists, books
Posted: Apr 8, 2011 12:26 PM ET
Last Updated: Apr 8, 2011 12:26 PM ET
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?
I go through life forgetting you’ve died
And for what purpose it was all those tears that I cried
I pretend you’re on earth, waiting somewhere for me
But sometimes the darkness is all that I see
And then I don’t even know
The purpose of my life
Why you were torn from me
Why all this strife
When these feelings flow through me, I must have faith in my heart
That in Heaven we will be rejoined and for not one more day be apart.