Congratulations to Nightwood poet Sandy Pool, whose latest collection, Undark: An Oratorio has been shortlisted for the 2013 Trillium Book Award for poetry. This award recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry. Earlier this year, Pool was also shortlisted for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry.
Undark is a dramatic elegy and poetic inquisition written in seven distinct voices. Drawing from the historical record of the ‘radium women’ who painted glow-in-the-dark numbers on watch dials in the early 1900s, the work urges us to engage deeply with questions of time and women’s history.
The Trillium Book Award is one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for poetry and the winner takes home a $10,000 cash prize. The other finalists are Matthew Henderson for The Lease (Coach House Books) and Matthew Tierney for Probably Inevitable (Coach House Books). The winner will be announced on June 18, 2013 in Toronto by the Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Congratulations to all the nominees and best of luck!