Jane Eaton Hamilton

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The Lista Rock and Hard Place

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You’d have to have lived under a rock not to have noticed the article on Canadaland by Canada’s Michael Lista. The poet, reviewer and editor takes a hard look at Scott Griffin’s empire in his article “The Shock Absorber, The Griffin Poetry Prize’s Ties to a Saudi Arms Deal,” about where the endowment fund for the Griffin came from.

What is a poet to do with the information? Not submit one’s books? Decline the award if it’s offered?

What of the country’s other prizes?

Or our own RRSPs/investments?

Perhaps it’s stirred up just a teeny, tiny bit of reaction.

The Shock Absorber

Excited by all the women!

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Griffin Prize

Such effusive congrats to all!

But there’s something here that ought to give women great pause in the Baileys announcement:

[Ms Fraser said]: “There’s very little domestic drama, and that clichéd idea of romantic fiction. There wasn’t much of that this year. These are big ambitious books that deal with war, grief and loss. They are not confined to the domestic arena.”

How long are women going to accept this critique of what makes literature important?  It used to be that men told us our fictions didn’t matter because they were small, interior, domestic, but now here is the same malarky coming from a woman:  if it’s personal, if it’s domestic, it’s unimportant.

Or goddamn it.  Could we maybe judge on merit regardless of subject matter?

My old friend, Phil Hall, and the Griffin poetry prize questionairre

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/06/06/the-griffin-poetry-prize-questionnaire-phil-hall/

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