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20 Jun, 2011

New work wins Arc Poem of the Year 2nd Place Prize

Like most writers I enter more contests that I’ll normally admit in public. Either through incompetence, bad luck, or sending the wrong stuff, I don’t usually win anything.
So I’m pleased to announce that my poem “The impassioned ex-formalist Pulitzer Prize-winning womanizing alcoholic jumps off a bridge” has won second place, and a $1,000 (!) in the Arc magazine Poem of the Year Contest. First prize is going to  Anne Marie Todkill for “Wash Day,” and third prize to Ian Williams for “Please Print Clearly in Block Letters”.

My poem is part of a manuscript tentatively called Six, that explores a somewhat metrical line and sestina, ghazal, and glosa forms, none of them in their distinctly Canadian variants.