It's August and we're finally ready to announce the winner, runner-up, honorable mention, and finalists of the 2022 Poetry Prize, judged by Rajiv Mohabir.
FIRST PLACE: "Little Alps of Grief" by Elisávet Makridis
Elisávet Makridis (she/her/hers) is a Pushcart Prize- and Best New Poets-nominated poet. Her work has been featured in Grist, Frontier Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Creek Review, and Tupelo Quarterly, amongst others. She holds an MFA from Cornell University, where she teaches as a lecturer in the Department of Literatures in English.
Judge Rajiv Mohabir writes: An epistle addressed to the speaker's Yiayiá, the couplets lay bare the associations the speaker makes between relationships, landscapes, and mortality. Ruled by image and recurring dream, the surreal layers of the closure enliven the spectre or grief soon to haunt the reader. Yiayiá's body becomes a landscape from which the speaker lifts into flight.
RUNNER-UP: "The Elephant" by Amanda Hawkins
Amanda Hawkins holds an MFA in poetry from UC Davis and an MA in Theological Studies from Regent College. They are a Tin House, Bread Loaf, and Mellon Public Scholar, a three-time Pushcart nominee, and recipient of the Editor’s Prize for poetry at The Florida Review. Their work has been published in Orion, Boston Review, The Cincinnati Review, Massachusetts Review, Terrain, Tin House, and Tin House Online.
Judge Rajiv Mohabir writes: The queernesses in this poem compound in symphony here, where the body that "blooms itself from the darkness" is one made for celebration. This poem celebrates living despite and in the face of. How I want "a fucking crown for my [own] head.
HONORABLE MENTION: "Why Write Another Poem About the Moon" by Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach emigrated from Dnipro, Ukraine as a Jewish refugee in 1993, when she was six years old. She is the author of three poetry collections: The Many Names for Mother (Kent State University Press, 2019), Don't Touch the Bones (Lost Horse Press, 2020), and 40 WEEKS, forthcoming from YesYes Books in February 2023. Her poems have appeared in POETRY, Ploughshares, The Nation, and AGNI, among others. She holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Murphy Visiting Fellow and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Hendrix College, and she lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her family.
Judge Rajiv Mohabir writes: These tercets compel and propel me forward through their direct and pared back diction. What a haunting thought this poem swirls around as it races towards its closure.
"Abortion Made a Road" by Cathlin Noonan
"Broken Sonnets for the Body" by Eros Livieratos
"Dear Crossing" by Lauren Fulton
"Hidden Attractions" by Yvonne Zipter
"Interview with a Cervidologist" by Caroline Harper New
"Rapture" by Laura Apol
"Widdershins" by Caroline Harper New
"Little Alps of Grief,""The Elephant," and "Why Write Another Poem About the Moon" will be published alongside select finalists and semi-finalists in our annual prize issue, forthcoming September 2022.
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