From the jury: “Blending the resources of love song and elegy, prayer and manifesto, Billy-Ray Belcourt’s This Wound is a World shows us poetry at its most intimate and politically necessary. Mindful of tangled lineages and the lingering erasures of settler colonialism, Belcourt crafts poems in which ‘history lays itself bare’…Belcourt pursues original forms with which to chart the constellations of queerness and indigeneity, rebellion and survival, desire and embodiedness these poems so fearlessly explore. Between its bold treatment of sexuality and wary anatomy of despair, This Wound is a World peels back the layers of feeling and experience to offer, finally, the glimmerings of hope…”
This prize is awarded annually, recognizing excellence in English-language poetry internationally and in Canada. The shortlisted poets will take part in the annual Griffin shortlist readings on June 6th and the winners will be announced on June 7th.
Congratulations Billy-Ray! We’re wishing you the best of luck.
For more information please visit: Griffinpoetryprize.com/announcing-2018-shortlist/