Arc is happy to announce that the winner of the 2010 Archibald Lampman Award for poetry, as determined by the jury of Matthew Teirney, Susan Gillis and Andrew Steeves, is Craig Poile for his book True Concessions.
Craig Poile’s poems have appeared in The New Quarterly, the Malahat Review, Arc, and Best Canadian Poetry. His first book, First Crack, was shortlisted for the 1999 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. A playwright, technical writer, and bookseller, Craig is the co-owner of Collected Works Bookstore in Ottawa.
The poems in Craig Poile’s True Concessions are graceful, a perfectly smooth parallel-parking job, dexterous in the tight corners of both suburban and urban landscapes. Often he is at his best with things: suits laid out on the bed like “two black shovelfuls,” balloons, blankets, phones. Poile thrives when attuned to small displacements, as in one of his poems, the sonnet “Place Royale,” where the poses of chairs “revive what life?was about / last night.” We glean our place, Poile is saying, from cues hovering on a kind of sensory surface tension, which may or may not last. His prosody is strong, his voice assured. A fine collection.
The Arc team would like to congratulate Craig on this Award, and for receiving top fiction prize at the Ottawa Book Awards for the same book.