“I press my mouth to my son’s warm back, cowbells distant. This wild / longing to keep my body between his & any kind of desolation.”
By Leila Chatti
“There will be in your life an absence so big / you will not believe it. You will say Show me / the body, and they will not show you the body.”
“In April we will find her body. / It is March. New York is gray, in between / seasons like a heart undecided / between new love and loss.”
We are honored to share with everyone the winners and finalists of the 2019 Previously Published Poem Prize!
“wheeled in on a bed three times her size. / A bouquet of rotting meats, / organs, & calaveras ensconced / between her lips.”
By Randy James
“I come blessed like / cocolon, Caesars fresh out the barber y platos de arroz / con pollo from corner bodegas. I am part flamingo, / part Black Howler.”
“What goddess of war / Came to me as a boy; dumb, / Summer-sweat wet child?”
Guest judge Kim Addonizio had a difficult time choosing from our exceptional finalists, all read blind, but in the end, she selected Cassandra J. Bruner to take the $3000 prize. Congratulations to Cassandra, and to all of our winners and finalists!