It aims to:
- spark the public’s imagination
- and raise awareness of the crucial role poetry plays in our cultural life.
Sounds good to us.
Here's Jan Zwicky's nominated book Forge - you may have to hunt around for it if you don't live in North America (and even there) but well worth the effort.
More information here http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/awards-and-poets/shortlists/2012-shortlist/