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Spring 2022 Edition
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This literary journal is published twice per year. The Spring Edition showcases the winners of the annual Joy Bale Boone Poetry contest.
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This is the biannual literary journal, a collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This edition features the winners of the Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize.
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2021 Poetry Chapbook Contest Winner
From the look behind the refrigerator door that opens the collection to the grim tale of Papa duck that ends it, Steamboat Alley presents a dark, distinctive vision. The music here is sinuous, the images so striking they seem glazed. The body's delights and its limitations, the lovers we cherish and the ghosts who crowd our tables--Kevin Oberlin's poems engage the sorrows and compensations of domestic life with compelling insight.
Gertrude Sitting: Portraits of Women, by Jeanine Stevens
2020 Chapbook Prize Winner
by Nina Murray, 2020
"Murray celebrates the mystery of existence, of man’s place in nature, and explores the intimacies of that relationship. She investigates too the harmonics of language, how sound builds meaning, and stands as witness to moments of illumination, when we too can “divine/the blessing of stillness/from the bark’s cryptic lines.” Her poetry challenges us to understand the subtleties that surround us, if we dare" - Ted Higgs, author of Plank by Plank & Archipelago
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The Old Works
Whitney Jones, 2019
In The Old Works, Whittney Jones takes us to rural Illinois on the Ohio River, where lives are shaped by the coal mining industry, where the grit "stains everything," where "you consider the weight of money over black lung," where families test fate daily for a better life. Here, Jones questions the sacrifices made to sustain a family, where hardship only magnifies the tenderness between lovers, between parent and child. When I finished this book, I turned to the beginning and read these moving and necessary poems all over again.
—Blas Falconer, author of Forgive the Body This Failure
The Country We Live In
M.H. Perry, 2019
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A modern pastoral, The Country We Live In blends narrative ease with a lyric punch—the hummingbird with a Cummins engine. Between sips of breakfast beers and evening wines, these poems meditate on the hardships of past harvests, the shadows of lineage and lost loves, and the many changes time, technology, and tenderness present us. From the haiku to the long line of the prose poem, this collection moves as consistently and dynamically as water over a tin roof rusting one season at a time. You’ll find love here, and tractors, ancestors and bottles buried in the sandbar. Even as everything changes, these poems take a moment to pause, sip slowly, watch the fish swim, and remember. --Clay Matthews, 2019 Judge, author of Pretty, Rooster and Shore
Plank by Plank
Ted Higgs, 2019
His poems show us this is the way memory works: Recall happens at the edge of witnessing—in a painting, through a window, on the wing of a gull, while listening to another poet read . . . pockets of time stretch, scattered / along the tracks like poems fallen. In Higgs' collection, the train track's ribbon continuously figure-eights until "One recognizes something along the road," and in this recognition that must present itself to us to be seen at all "till nothing’s left despite our efforts, / as though locking them away would save them, as though this were answer enough / . . . why they leave us / and return, blurred images lost in time."
—Trish Lindsey Jaggers, author of Holonym: a collection of poems