Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize extended through May 31. Diane Seuss is contest judge.
2017 Spring issue available now!
The human mind can learn
multiple languages in early childhood. No need
to wrestle with identity politics too early,
just offer your babies the world.
By age six a window closes
and the mind wants to consolidate. Already
we’re taking stock, choosing tribes.
I remember my mother’s voice singing a Fairuz lullaby
amara ya amara come down from the treetops, little moon.
from Lena Khalaf Tuffaha's "America Teaches Me About Myself"
The 2016 Fall Issue
from the current issue, a quietly powerful poem by Connie Post:
lavender and fuchsia
permeated the morning
we were called to breakfast
we ate waffles
and said nothing of the raging blooms
buried in the ordered way
the flowers were arranged
(Excerpt from "Gardening", by Connie Post, winner of the 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize.)
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Congratulations to the 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize Winner
Crab Creek Review is pleased to announce the winner of the Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize, chosen by Oliver de la Paz.
Hearty congratulations to Connie Post, winner of the 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize! Connie will be awarded $500, and her poem, "Gardening" will appear in the fall issue of Crab Creek Review. Three finalists were also chosen: "Ode to the Continuously Renamed", by Elizabeth Acevedo; "Desgraciado", by José Angel Araguz; and "Selfie at the End of the World", by Francine Witte.
Congratulations to Connie Post, and to each of the finalists. Nearly 900 poems were received for consideration. The editors were impressed with the high quality of all of the submissions, and enjoyed reading through these poems. Thank you to all the poets who entered the competition. Please know your submission fee goes toward paying the winner of the contest, as well as paying for production costs and a small honorarium for the contest judge.
Oliver de la Paz had this to say about "Gardening":
"I find the quiet and economical power of this poem to be quite profound. But it's not quiet or subtle throughout. The pivotal moment in the sixth stanza which has the protagonists ". . . eating/eating/gorging" is a loud and painful moment in a poem that otherwise seduces the reader into thinking all is well and beautiful. The final two stanzas show the gravity of the wound and the startling image of "pulling petals/out of my body" held me long after I had read the poem."
Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry, Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby (SIU Press 2001, 2007), and Requiem for the Orchard (U. of Akron Press 2010), winner of the Akron Prize for poetry chosen by Martìn Espada, and Post Subject: A Fable (U. of Akron Press 2014). He is the co-editor with Stacey Lynn Brown of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (U. of Akron Press 2012).
He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry and serves on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Board. A recipient of a NYFA Fellowship Award and a GAP Grant from Artist Trust, his work has appeared in journals like Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House, Chattahoochee Review, and in anthologies such as Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation. He is the music editor for At Length Magazine and he teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University.
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