Griffin Prize

Already-in-trouble $40,000 annual poultry prize named after Toronto philanthropist Scott Griffin. The jury gave out its first award to Montrealer Anne Carson, who most of the sixty-five people in the country who read poetry know is among the most gifted poet currently working in the English language, and in a league of her own within Canada. This leaves the troubling problems of how to recycle the outpourings of skinny and unsaleable tomes of deeply sincere poetic feelings the prize money will engender, and who to give the prize to in the years when Carson doesn’t have a new book.

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