John Ashbery and Robin Blaser split the prestigious Griffin Prize for Poetry last night, each taking home a pat on the back as well as $50,000 Canadian.
The 80-year old Ashbery won for his selected later poems, Notes from the Air, and the 83-year old Blaser for his collected poems, The Holy Forest.
The Griffin Prize, in its eighth year, is "the richest poetry prize in the world for a single volume" and celebrates its winners with a gala event in Toronto.
Here is the full story with humorous and touching quotes from both gents. And here's a photo of the two happy winners courtesy of the Quill Blog:
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Originally Published: June 5th, 2008

Travis Nichols is the author of two books of poetry: Iowa (2010, Letter Machine Editions) and See Me Improving (2010); and he is the author of two novels: Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder (2012) and The More You Ignore Me (2013). He has contributed to The Believer, Paste, The...

  1. June 5, 2008
     D. A. Powell

    I love the fact that the Canadian Press website has that huge picture of Michael Ondaatje, rather than Ashbery or Blaser. That's so random. Couldn't they find a picture of Maya Angelou?