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.