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.”


About sidney woods

After a couple of practice novels, I'm now engrossed in an effort to create my first YA story, set in the tumultuous year of 1980. The best of YA stories fit my passion for reading that's worth something, so I think about those stories 'out loud' here.

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