Film by Swoon for the poem 'Tom Kessler, Stockton Island, 1887' by Kenneth Pobo
The poem appears in 'Ice and Gaywings', winner of the 2011 qarrtsiluni chapbook contest.
'Ice and Gaywings' will be published by Phoenicia Publishing in Montreal and online by qarrtsiluni ( iceandgaywings.com)
This is a video of Clayton Michaels' "drylung" read by the author from his chapbook Watermark ( watermarkpoems.com ), the winner of the 2010 qarrtsiluni chapbook contest.
The collection has already drawn rave reviews. Ken Lamberton, judge of this year's contest, said:
"It's this kind of poetry that I find most gratifying; the kind that uses just the right salient concrete images to illicit an emotional response...Furthermore, the surprising juxtaposition of many images gives the poetry a wonderfully controlled surreal and mesmerizing quality—which to me not only holds the manuscript together but raises it to a level above the other submissions."
Pamela Johnson Parker, last year's winner, said what she found, in addition to the "superbly succinct" language in these poems, was "that something extra--call it gravitas, call it cohesion--that makes a chapbook a work of art as well as a work of literature."
Watermark will be published both online and in print, at the end of August. Please visit watermarkpoems.com for more information.