Robin Blaser's "Suddenly," from his 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection The Holy Forest, fascinates in myriad ways and on many levels. Deceptively simple and arresting is who he wields word and line spacing to guide the reader and create haunting, subliminal effects.

Robin Blaser's "Suddenly," from his 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection The Holy Forest, fascinates in myriad ways and on many levels. Deceptively simple and arresting is who he wields word and line spacing to guide the reader and create haunting, subliminal effects.

What is the message underlying the cryptic but alluring whimsy of John Ashbery's poem "Token Resistance", from his 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection Notes from the Air? Perhaps different readers receive different messages, but there is definitely something there for all of us to unearth.

This is Ryan's favorite picture of his friend John Ashbury

Not only is this fragment of Christopher Logue's work Homer: War Music entrancing poetry, it hints strongly of other art forms at which Logue excelled.

Not only is this fragment of Christopher Logue's work Homer: War Music entrancing poetry, it hints strongly of other art forms at which Logue excelled.

We marvel at how Soraya Peerbaye can pack so much power into such a spare, soft-spoken poem such as "Clean", from her 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Tell: poems for a girlhood.

We marvel at how Soraya Peerbaye can pack so much power into such a spare, soft-spoken poem such as "Clean", from her 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Tell: poems for a girlhood.

One of the most affecting parts of Jane Munro's 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection "Blue Sonoma" is the section entitled "Old Man Vacanas". We previously examined the first of that spare, touching 11-part sequence. This time, let's take a closer look - and a listen, courtesy of the poet herself - of the fifth part of the sequence.

Does a poem's title affect your reaction to the entire poem? Let's examine Jane Munro's "Valley of the Moon" from her 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection "Blue Sonoma" with this in mind.

This section of Anne Michael's book-length poem Correspondences - a unique collaboration with artist Bernice Eisenstein melded with imaginative physical book design - echoes the book's singular construction, which allows and invites you to read it quite literally in different directions. Let's revisit and consider it again.

This section of Anne Michael's book-length poem Correspondences - a unique collaboration with artist Bernice Eisenstein melded with imaginative physical book design - echoes the book's singular construction, which allows and invites you to read it quite literally in different directions. Let's revisit and consider it again.

With previous Poem of the Week selections, we've looked at how storytelling draw us into poems on the merits of compelling narratives, but manage to achieve even more when combined with poetic effects and artistry. Soraya Peerbaye has done that affectingly and persuasively in "Skin", a three-part prose poem from her 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Tell: poems for a girlhood.

We marvel at how Soraya Peerbaye can pack so much power into such a spare, soft-spoken poem such as "Clean", from her 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Tell: poems for a girlhood.

While Sue Goyette's delightfully surreal Ocean challenges us, so does it also comfort us, as we've observed. We've been reminded again what a great source of solace poetry can be, so let's consider another selection from Ocean with that in mind.

While Sue Goyette's delightfully surreal Ocean challenges us, so does it also comfort us, as we've observed. We've been reminded again what a great source of solace poetry can be, so let's consider another selection from Ocean with that in mind.

We last pondered one of the gem-like fragments from The Book of Snow here. We're long overdue to look again at Philip Mosley's exquisite translation into English of François Jacqmin's original poetry in French.

The landscape is fixed. It is that powdery yoke / which bogs down in its whiteness." - Francois Jacqmin, untitled poem - 2011 International Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist (translated by Philip Mosley)

When we last considered a poem from Liz Howard's 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize winning debut poetry collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (Boreal Swing), we noted a feature that she wielded to powerful visual effect. Howard employs that same feature, but this time to notable aural effect, in "Thinktent".

"I have as much at stake / in speaking this / as the water // which also / discloses futurity / in a little black dress" Liz Howard, 2016 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

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