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About Pushcart Prize Nominations
The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Since 1976, hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in their annual collections. Winners of the Prize have included the likes of Charles Simic, Robert Pinsky, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Andre Dubus, Margaret Atwood, Richard Ford and John Updike, to name only a handful. No wonder simply being nominated for a Pushcart makes you feel as if you've won something.
Each fall, editors from small magazines and independent book presses worldwide are invited to submit up to six nominations. The nominations may be any combination of poetry, short stories, essays, memoirs or stand-alone excerpts from novels. Translations, reprints and both traditional and experimental writing are also welcome.
Announcing IPA's Pushcart Prize Nominations for 2021
The Iowa Poetry Association's Editor and Associate Editors have collaborated to select nominees from this year's Lyrical Iowa 2020 75th Anniversary Edition. The list of poems is presented in alphabetical order by author's last name. Please join us in congratulating and wishing these nominees success.
SONNET TO MY STUDENTS ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS
Come in and make a mess with all your thoughts.
Heather Ann Clark
My therapist asks what else is on my mind.
It's like waiting for the elevator
through meetings or finding
waiting for the clothes to dry
Shelly Reed Thieman
ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF ANOTHER WINTER
Tongue-tied with suet and peanut
Owl calls my secret name as dusk
Dog and I allow him in unshaven,
A mirage of deer disappears
of the pine bough. Tranquility
and like the moon, learn
DAZED AND CONFUSED
It won't be long until I'm with the moon
Off-balance. Out of order. Life shut down.
Midnight memories turn into dawning
A girl kisses a boy. Lips stay disposed,
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