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Charles Simic Poetry Prize


Yesterday at the Portland (Maine) Poetry Festival, we announced the five finalists of the Charles Simic Poetry Prize, as selected by David Rivard. And here they are:

  • Mark Decartaret - The Year I Went Without Having Any Sense of Direction; The Year I went Without Reading (All About It); The Year I Went Without Updating My Resume

  • Oz Hardwick - The Reassuring Otherness of Ritual Roleplay; Flock; My New Favourite Museum

  • Jefferson Navicky - Other Fathers; King Catfish; House of Silver

  • George Perrault - the new doctor; purple apple newspaper; conversely

  • Betsy Sholl - Like a Wounded Dog; The Starling; The Mercy

We will announce the winner of the $1,000 prize in our November issue. We will also be announcing the winner of the Editor's Choice Award, a signed first edition of Simic's Pulitzer Prize winning book, The World Doesn't End.

Charlie wrote: “I was already dozing off in the shade, dreaming that the rustling trees were my many selves explaining themselves all at the same time so that I could not make out a single word. My life was a beautiful mystery on the verge of understanding, always on the verge! Think of it!” - from The World Doesn't End

Thank you to all poets who sent us their work for shedding some light on this beautiful mystery.

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