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Cupping Our Palms, Winner of Meadowlark Press’s 2022 Birdy Poetry Prize!!!

A million thanks to publisher Tracy Million Simmons, publicist Linzi Garcia, and judge Bart Edelman, who has chosen my manuscript Cupping Our Palms as the winner of Meadowlark Press’s 2022 Birdy Poetry Prize!!! Thank you as well to all the finalists and semifinalists and all the poets and readers out there, without whom we’d all just be writing and reading by ourselves.

Here’s the link to the wonderful Birdy Poetry Prize announcement and reading:

And here’s a breakdown of the event so you can skip right to:

2:21 – 8:55: A reading by Ruth Maus (“Valentine”)

9:30 – 17:47: A reading by Brian Daldorph (“Kansas Poems”) and 17:47 – 22:51: Brian’s reading of poems by the late Antonio Sanchez-Day (“Taking on Life”)

24:09 – 40:23: A reading by Alison Hicks (“Knowing Is a Branching Trail”)

40:40 – 44:30: Announcement of the finalists and semifinalists

45:10 – 46:15: Tracy’s introduction of Bart Edelman (“Whistling to Trick the Wind”)

46:15 – 48:00: Bart’s introduction to “Cupping Our Palms” and subsequent commentary (48:00 to 50:00)

51:55 – 53:48: A few words (or rather, loss of words) from me, followed by 7 of my poems:

53:48:  Thanks a lot, Shakespeare, for the Starling

55:30:  Beacons of Light

56:33: Damn Our Shortsightedness

57:53: The fire-escape, no longer weighed down

59:30: To Sugarcoat the Truth

1:01:24: A poem written in my past life as a 15th century Georgian monk

1:02:33: Cupping Our Palms



“Consoling The Whims Of The Tiniest, Whiniest Dictators”, highly-commended for the 2021 Welsh Poetry Competition

My tiny whiny dictating children and I would like to thank Kathy Miles for selecting this poem for 10th place — obviously in honor of the greatest soccer player in the world, Lionel Messi — in the Welsh Poetry Competition. Congrats to the winner Estelle Price for her wonderful
ekphrastic poem “iii”.

My “Positively Poetry Reading Series” performance for the Hoboken Public Library’s National Library Week!

Yes, here are those promised cows, daffodils, and the absence of Holocaust poems:

You can almost smell that I-78 highway extension through the thin gloss of YouTube.

And here’s a friendly guide to jump straight to your favorite poems:

00:00 Introduction

01:02 The origin of life

02:28 A small dot appears.  A genesis.  A thing out of nothing

05:45 Thanks a lot, Shakespeare, for the Starling

07.46 Departing from Sengen Jinja

10:00 Naming Things

11:46 Why My Kid Sobs at the Ice Cream Parlor

14:18 Not a Holocaust Poem

15:53 Cows & Daffodils

17:58 Lakawa a Stat on

20:05 A Single Swallow Doesn’t Signal Spring

20:39 Animal House

22:09 A poem written in my past life as a 15th century Georgian monk

23:32 From Out of the Darkness

26:47 Beacons of Light

28:02 Post 11

29:17 Epilogue