Seven vie for poetry’s big prize

Tenille Bonoguore in the Globe and Mail:

BabcockdoneWhat do you get when three Canadians, three Americans and a Brit walk into a bar?

The shortlist for the $100,000 Griffin Poetry Prize, Canada’s highest-paying literary prize for arguably the least popular of the literary arts.

And it could be third time lucky for B.C. poet Don McKay, who joins Toronto-based poets, Ken Babstock and Priscila Uppal, on the short-list for the $50,000 national prize.

On the international shortlist, Briton Paul Farley stands against three Americans — Rodney Jones, Frederick Seidel and Charles Wright — for the $50,000 international prize.

Announced at a fashionable restaurant in downtown Toronto Tuesday morning, the competition trustee David Young said a whopping 483 books were entered from around the world.

The finalists will present readings of their work on June 5, with the winners announced the following day at the seventh annual Griffin Poetry Prize Awards Evening.