Josie Sigler is the winner of the 2010 Motherwell Prize. Josie will receive $1,000, and her book, Living Must Bury, will be published in the spring of 2010 by Fence Books. Josie's poem, "The Grief of Animals Whose Grief is Misunderstood" appeared in HFR #41.
Molly Brodak has just received the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her collection, A Little Middle of the Night, will be released in the spring of 2010. Molly's poems, "Young Ox" and "Roman Girls," appeared in HFR #42.
Congratulations to Josie and Molly! Check out one of Molly's poems:
I saw the soft mathematics of his guts:
not fierce, not terribly
darker or larger. But old—
stirred up from the ghost ocean
over Kansas, and edging in
as the spur of his longing—still, my body
barely a color on the hem of his vision.
I haunt myself with a voice I made for him.
the danger started with your burning blue dress,
crook of elbow—
I’m holding open for your stony eyes,
the horn too near, weird muzzle. All love
is a secret. Ever ordinary as bare life.
The quickest way out of a man’s heart is with my hands.
If he could, he’d say put them back
put it back on