SRP’s 2012 Pushcart Prize Nominations

Each year, small presses are invited to nominate six pieces for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. After careful consideration and a substantial amount of time revisiting four issues of Assaracus (over 40 poets), a massive anthology (over 100 poets), two chapbooks, and seven full-length collections of poetry, we are privileged to announce the following six nominations for the 2012 Pushcart Prize:
 
Chrissy Anderson-Zavala: “The cross” from Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality 
 
“Bullet holes mock religions wanderers;
this is not desert. Twelve times, Jesus has died here,
trying to find reprieve.”
 
Ellen Bass: “Ode to The God of Atheists” from Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality
 
“Rain, if it comes, will come.
This god loves the virus as much as the child.”
 
 
(From Oliver: “This poem was created through redaction of a fax sent by the Westboro Baptist Church, who carried signs that read “God Hates Fags” at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, and who also targeted me at my high school graduation.”)
 
“matthew
 
october not granite
heavy
 
above words”
 
Saeed Jones: “Body & Kentucky Bourbon” – from When the Only Light Is Fire
 
“What did I know
of your father’s backhand or the pine casket
 
he threatened to put you in? “
 
Raymond Luczak: “The Mop-Haired Boy” from Assaracus: Issue 01
 
“Seeing his own pock-marked face in the mirror
is a terrible autumn.”
 
Ron Mohring: “Either, Or” from Assaracus: Issue 02
 
“If a little pipe bursts in my brain as I turn from the board,
let the book tumble gently from my hand. Let them believe
that in that moment I was utterly theirs.”
 
Congratulations Chrissy, Ellen, Oliver, Saeed, Raymond, and Ron! And good luck! Here’s hoping all six of you are chosen for Pushcart Prizes! 

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