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Canisia Lubrin is a writer, editor, and teacher published and anthologised internationally, including translations of her work into Italian and Spanish.  Lubrin’s debut poetry collection, Voodoo Hypothesis, was named a CBC Best Poetry Book, longlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award.  Her work has been nominated for, among others, the Toronto Book Award, Journey Prize, and bpNichol Chapbook Award.  2019 Writer in Residence at Queen’s University, Lubrin holds an MFA from the University of Guelph.

The Dyzgraphxst

McClelland & Stewart
2021 Winner
Canada

Judges’ Citation

The Dyzgraphxst is Canisia Lubrin’s spectacular feat of architecture called a poem.

The Dyzgraphxst is Canisia Lubrin’s spectacular feat of architecture called a poem. Built with ‘I’—a single mark on the page, a voice, a blade, ‘a life-force soaring back’—and assembled over seven acts addressing language, grammar, sentence, line, stage, and world, the poet forms, invents, surprises, and sharpens life.  Generous, generating, and an abundance of rigour. A wide and widening ocean of feeling are the blueprints of this book. It is shaped to be ‘the shape of the shape / of the shape of a thing that light curves over time / length to width to depth and all of us its information.’