The universe makes a sound—is a sound.
In the core of this sound there's a silence,
a silence that creates a sound, which is not its opposite,
but its inseparable soul. And this silence can also be heard.
The Griffin Poetry Prize is among the world's most significant prizes in literature. Awarded each year to the most outstanding volumes of poetry published worldwide, the prize recognizes works written in, and translated into, English. This anthology, edited by Gregory Scofield, offers a selection of poems from the 2023 shortlist, together with the judges' citations.