My grandmother had a cuckoo clock that hung on the wall but never kept time. Yesterday I received word that Bluestem has included my poem “Story” in its nominations for the Pushcart Prize. The star of this poem is the cuckoo, what we call the rain crow here. It migrates to South America for the winter and returns here to North America to nest in the summer. While it is conscious of time by nature, the rain crow knows no borders. Its story is one to keep in mind.
A few days ago I received word that Quiddity has included my poem “When Beauty Was Found Sleeping” in its 2017 nominations for the Pushcart Prize. This piece is in the good company Quiddity‘s other nominations, fiction and poetry by Joanne Diaz, Elizabeth O’Brien, Heather Cox, Cindy Lam, and Charles Cote. This poem, the last in this issue, is particularly appropriate now as we face a decision to go back to sleep or to wake, as we come to understand the implications of what sleeping or waking means.
Time to wake.
Yesterday I received word that Arkana nominated my poem “Revelations of the Temporal” for the Pushcart Prize. I’m thankful to be able to say that this is the second nomination that I’ve received for 2016, with thanks again to Redactions for the first. The nomination of this Revelations poem encourages me, not just as an artist, but as someone in mourning, to reflect on the transformative power of light.
Arkana is a new journal out from the Arkansas Writers’ MFA Program at the University of Central Arkansas, and their inaugural issue is a wonderful one. Please check out all they have to offer here.
Last night I received word that Redactions: Poetry & Poetics included my poem “Young Seahorse Viewed as a Transparent Object” in its 2016 nominations for the Pushcart Prize. This poem is in the good company of Redactions’ other nominations, poems by Randy Gonzales, Rob Cook, Amorak Huey, Steve Mueske, and Kristina Marie Darling. Redactions has posted all the poems it has nominated, not just for 2016, but through the years, so that you might enjoy them here.