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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eINqPahAg4
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
Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH, MEADOWLARK PRESS!!!!
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”.
You should order this novel RIGHT NOW. It is BRILLIANT.
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:
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
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Hoboken Public Library is hosting the “Positively Poetry Reading Series” through its Facebook page. Hoboken’s reference librarian, Ethan Galvin, reached out to me and 8 other New Jerseyans who live and breathe poetry (and several cancer-causing chemicals), and he will be uploading our videos every Tuesday and Thursday of this month.
If you love backdrops featuring the I-78 extension, you’ll love my reading, which will be viewable anytime after 7pm on Tuesday April 20th. It’s got cows, daffodils, and definitely no Holocaust poems. Welcome to Spring!
Many thanks to Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven for selecting my poem “Exit the Town Drunk” as a finalist in The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest 🙂 And special congratulations to the winner, Amy Tibbetts, for her poem “Smooth Rock Tripe”. You can read Amy’s poem and mine in the print edition of Volume X , which will be published early next year; here’s a link to the contest announcements page and information on how to pre-order Volume X:
Thank you, Ms. Mazziotti Gillan and Ms. Desai, for organizing such a wonderful reading today for Issue #48! The following is a link to my reading of “Dear Mom”, which can be heard from 1:06:10 to 1:08:00, right after “Emptyness”, by the Ghanaian poet Geosi Gyasi, and right before “Second Hand Clothes”, by fellow New Jersey poet, Fred Iucci.