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“As You Wish” by Shirley Camia

Aug 20, 2019

The second poem we're featuring for our Poetry Pause spotlight—which we're calling the Seeds of Survival Series—is "As You Wish" by Shirley Camia. Originally published in issue 41.1 of CV2, this poem also appears in Shirley's new book, Mercy (Turnstone Press, 2019). Click here to subscribe to Poetry Pause and never miss a day of poetry!

Shirley Camia is a Filipina-Canadian poet and the author of four collections of poetry, including Children Shouldn’t Use Knives (At Bay Press, 2017) and The Significance of Moths (Turnstone Press, 2015). Her work has been featured in publications such as Contemporary Verse 2The New Quarterly, and TAYO. "As You Wish" is reprinted with permission from Turnstone Press.

“Signs of Chamomile” by Mollie Coles Tonn

Aug 19, 2019

In collaboration with Poetry Pause, a League of Canadian Poets initiative, we are featuring a poem per day this week from a past issue of CV2. First up in our Seeds of Survival Series is "Signs of Chamomile" by Mollie Coles Tonn, from issue 40.4 of CV2. We hope you enjoy! Subscribe here to have a poem delivered directly to your inbox every day.

Mollie Coles Tonn has been published in several journals including CV2, Event, Room, The Antigonish Review, Grain, Arc and The Vault. She won 3rd Place in the 2016 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest by Prairie Fire, and was a finalist in the 2017 Malahat Review Open Season contest. She is also the co-creator of the SoCo Collective which facilitates community learning about crucial social movements.

2019 2-Day Poem Contest Winners

Aug 1, 2019

The results are in for our 16th annual 2-Day Poem Contest, which saw the highest number of entries yet. Thank you to our judge, Marcela Huerta, and to all who participated!

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Our judge for 2019 was Marcela Huerta (who won first place in the 2018 contest) and the ten words for 2019 were velour, pickerel, ensorcelled, scissor, toboggan, weave, gorge, cluster, serpentine, and gnathic.

Without further ado, here are the winners of CV2's 2019 2-Day Poem Contest:

First Place: "startled shut" by Jocelyn Anderson

Second Place: "Vermiculture" by Sarah Ens

Third Place: "Letter to Hannah from Vršovice" by Alison Braid

Editor’s Choice: "Black Snake: a love poem for Justin Trudeau" by Ashley Hynd

Editor’s Mom’s Choice: "March Thaw with Dead Robin" by Julian Day

People’s Choice: "Dwelling Pattern" by Razielle Aigen

Read the winning poems here.

The next 2-Day Poem Contest will be held in April 2020, and you can find more information about the contest here. Until next time!