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(VIDEO) Griffin Prize winner Anne Carson surprised by Canadian poetry award

Anne Carson was "flabbergasted" that she won another Griffin Prize.

Why?

"Partly because I don't really like the book I wrote, and partly because I won the prize before," she said. "I thought, you know, it wouldn't be fair.

"I don't mean it's a bad book. I mean, I don't know if it's a good book or a bad book.

"I just have a vision when I start of what a thing is and, you know, sometimes it gets there and sometimes it doesn't."

Carson (and her book Red Doc>) won the Canadian half of the Griffin, with the international prize going to Brenda Hillman for her book, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fireby.

Both women were honoured with the awards at a gala in Toronto on Thursday. They were each awarded $65,000 for their accolades.

The Griffin Awards were created in 2000, by Toronto businessman Scott Griffin and trustees Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje.

*Files from The Canadian Press...

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