“Fears After the Indonesian Forest Fires” By Anna Ziering (2017)

Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize, Winner (2017) Death, of course. Having no God. Sunday afternoons, New England falls. Sleet storms like the one that dented the new car and traumatized the dog, who never liked loud noise; who, like me when I was young, couldn’t stomach fireworks. They made us cry—that spinet-silence between light and sound;… More “Fears After the Indonesian Forest Fires” By Anna Ziering (2017)

“New Year on Pleasure Island” By Brian Sneeden (2017)

Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize, Second Place (2017) What I did not know to make made itself in vestigial hours between two o’clock and dawn, when the shapes of birds stitch together in my mind, and a single cicada peels the air. Each letter I write returns to water. I start one now and already the… More “New Year on Pleasure Island” By Brian Sneeden (2017)

“La Fusión” By Gabriela García Sánchez (2017)

It was reverence I felt then, and I did not cower as it vibrated through me. El ritmo bonded us by our pies, our caderas, ventilating the air with scales speeding by. The beats amplified between our pechos, whistling for our cuerpos to collide. So I took a breath that singed like frankincense and myrrh… More “La Fusión” By Gabriela García Sánchez (2017)