“Thanks a Lot, Shakespeare, for the Starling” (which first appeared in “America”) wins the Telluride Institute’s 2020 Fischer Poetry Prize

It’s an extraordinary honor to have “Thanks a Lot, Shakespeare, for the Starling” selected as the winner of the 2020 Fischer Poetry Prize! A special thank you to judge Claire Blotter and the Talking Gourds crew for making my 2020 a little less horrible, and congrats to all the other finalists!

“Nothing in Life is Easy”, shortlisted for the 2020 Sexton Prize for Poetry

An enormous thank you to The Black Spring Eyewear Press Group and to judge Terese Svoboda for shortlisting my manuscript for the 2020 Sexton Prize for Poetry!  And congratulations to the winner, Denise Miller, for their work “A Ligature For Black Bodies”!  More information on their book can be found here:

https://store.eyewearpublishing.com/blogs/news/the-2020-sexton-prize-for-poetry-winner

“Not for Sale,” shortlisted for the Times Literary Supplement’s 2019 Mick Imlah Poetry Prize

Mick Imlah Poetry Prize 2019 shortlist

Not for Sale

The minimum-wage worker drags the cart
full of children, all of them
so cute, put together
so perfectly. Along the cracks of the sidewalk,
the wheels twist, popping, the ride
far from smooth. Occasionally,
couples stop him, ask how much
for the little girl with pigtails, for the boy
with the black eye. The worker
doesn’t speak much English,
tells the passersby the kids aren’t for sale
until tomorrow, & only
at the store, not illegally
like this, smack in the middle of the street.

Audio of 2017 Ledbury Poetry Competition Winners Event, “The fire escape, no longer weighed down”

Phillippa Slinger’s introduction (12:03-13:05)
“The fire escape, no longer weighed down” (13:05-14:45)
Fiona Sampson’s remarks (14:45-15:22)

Link to my Poetry Chapbook “Secret Traits of Everyday Things”, on sale at Encircle Publications

https://encirclepub.com/product/secret-traits-of-everyday-things-by-jonathan-greenhause/