Winning poem comments
My flash poem, Volcanic, won the Jackson Hole Writers Conference prize last summer. i just stumbled across this, from a panel judge. Sweet!
“Ravi Shankar had [this] to say about the winning poem:
“‘Thanks to poetry,’” Mexican writer Octavio Paz wrote, ‘language reconquers its original state…its plastic and sonorous values.’ In the winning poem “Volcanic,” the author uses a keen sense of sound (from the alliterative “blood-pulsing/ bull elk fall serenade” to “musk [that] stinks”), combined with a careful observation of the natural world that retains its mystery and “easeful silence” while surprising the reader with its ultimate movement.”