By Amy Robertson
Jen Currin was shortlisted for three major poetry awards this spring.
The Writer’s Studio mentor’s third book of poetry, The Inquisition Yours (Coach House, 2010), was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (a B.C. Book Prize), the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, and a Lambda Literary Award (Lesbian Poetry category).
The collection, a follow-up to Hagiography, explores atrocities like environmental destruction, terrorism, and the erosion of personal rights.
The book also explores war: for Currin, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t just political problems—they’re spiritual problems.
“We’re complicit in some way,” she said.
Currin believes poetry has the “ability to speak truths that aren’t being spoken elsewhere” because of poetry’s ability to be “so forceful in such a short space.”