The winning manuscript, selected by Cole Swenson, is pool [5 choruses].
Five finalists were also selected by Swenson: Emily Abendroth (Philadelphia, PA) for Exclosures, Jenny Drai (Oxnard, CA) for Visitors, Cavaliers, Craig Dworkin (Salt Lake City, UT) for Alkali, Brandon Lussier (Hartford, CT) for Mary Doll Strings, Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer (Saint Louis, MO) for Clarkson St. Polaroids.
For more on Omnidawn’s poetry contests, including the current First/ Second Book Contest, judged by Donald Revell, check out our contests page.
Do not let the rat-race lead you astray. Creative work is the work of the spirit, and though the spirit must do its earthly work in its allotted lifetime, remember that its responsibility and conversation is always with a much larger and much more abstract sense of space and time.
celebrating books published in 2012 by Northern California authors
Sunday, May 19, 2013
1:00-2:30 pm: Awards Ceremony: readings and
remarks by this year’s award-winning authors
2:30–4:00 pm: Book signing and Reception
follows in the Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room
San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium,
100 Larkin Street, enter on Grove Street, Civic Center, San Francisco
Lyn Hejinian’s The Book of a Thousand Eyes is a nominee in poetry.
from The Book of a Thousand Eyes by Lyn Hejinian
“Writing about Lyn Hejinian’s The Book of a Thousand Eyes is like talking about someone else’s dreams. The poems are peculiar and uncanny, full of surprising leaps and linkages that one might expect from a book written in the dark.”
-Tim Wood, at Jacket2
The entire sequence of nearly 40 short poems meditates on a single image from thatexhibit [by Augustin Victor Casasola], a photograph in which a little-known Zapatista lieutenant, Fortino Sámano, nonchalantly smokes his last cigar moments before his death by firing squad. How is this frozen moment altered by our knowledge of what proceeds from it? What does the photographic image “say” about the man, Fortino Sámano? How does the image interrogate the viewer—what can she say in response? And can the image be captured by “the long / unwound ink of words,” even as these words dismantle themselves?