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Thomas Merton Prize in Poetry of the Sacred

I'm so pleased and honored that “Soledad,” a lyric sequence that I co-authored with Elizabeth Savage, was selected by Elizabeth Robinson as the winning poem for the Thomas Merton Prize in Poetry of the Sacred.

Here's the link to the 21st annual Festival of Faiths taking place now in Louisville, KY. Our poem will be performed later today (time tba): Festival of Faiths

Our sequence will be published in the winter issue of Parabola. Here's a sneak peek:

In which the sun as bright as an orb (which it was)
as sparks flew or spurs from disappointment’s—
that was all as she drove listening lone survivor
not a song but a lyric ran through it
When the dead are lost in the sun—who are you
praying for? once they blazed a path
once they burned and the sparks blink
behind in effort what survives the lyric
some small night holds wilder nouns
in alien calm one winter psalm
an alien calmness engulfs an edge wraps round
the wilder brush
beyond effort’s saving sparks blind crush

The lives that include us | Jacket2

A review I wrote with Kasey Jueds on Randall Potts' brilliant book, Trickster.