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Poetry: Barging In

Irving Layton Award For Creative Writing: Poetry
February 18, 2015
By Jacqueline Hanna

Each year, Concordia’s Department of English hands out prizes for excellence in the studies of English literature and creative writing. The Irving Layton Awards for Creative Writing, worth $500 each, are given to undergraduate students for works of poetry and fiction.

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To qualify for the poetry award, students must submit a portfolio of one or several poems.

The 2014 poetry award recipient was Jacqueline Hanna.

Hanna expects to graduate this spring with a joint honours in English and creative writing, then hopes to pursue a master’s in creative writing.

The Montreal native says her award-winning poem, barging in, was inspired by the Canadian literature she read in her program.

barging in

By Jacqueline Hanna

All afternoon wide Port Moody’s schooner

baits my interest. Lithest, no schooner

clips along beside her, each schooner

daft as a flat ale, or some Moses schooner

edging out Nile-lazy. Hot gusting swells, and schooner

facile in morning grows afternoon gauche, tho’ schooner

given half a chance might schooner

half a chance redeem, I chide. Hitting Big Schooner

Island out near Halifax. Or Schooner

Joliette I imagine whale watching, tall Schooner

Kootenays, or Confederation Schooner,

legislative big bateau Senate Schooner

marking off the long territories. Schooner

northwinding runs out of breath. Arctic schooner

opposed, motion melted and defeated. Schooner

parliament won’t let anyone new aboard the schooner:

quaint policy that’ll bite back schooner

rather than later. I look again, blue schooner

slipping down the dime, jingling schooner

to jingling schooner, & think of old Mac, one schooner

under flag and crown. Bowing out, schooner

veers portside at the thought. Then bright red schooner,

wagon-red, grabs the knots Schooner

X laid out, like Bell’s tin cable. Schooner

yowling starboard, then flanked, schooner

zinger received, copy: never go it alone, schooner.

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