Pushcart Prize Nominations and Peony Moon Picks

Many thanks to  poet Michelle McGrane, author of peony moon, for compiling an exhaustive list of poetry picks for 2009. Michelle posted nine days of readers’ top-three poetry collections of 2009. You can find my picks here.

Although the three books listed were top on my list the day I sent Michelle my selections, I could easily have added others. Each time I went to peony moon to see what the latest collections were, I thought of other books I could have listed, such as Robin Kemp’s fabulous This Pagan Heaven.

Kemp’s collection has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and well deserves to win.

I’d also like to thank Barry Harris, editor of the Tipton Poetry Journal, and Katie Kowalski, assistant editor, for including my poem “Everything is a Sign” among their nominations for the Pushcart Prize for 2009. I also need to give Read Write Poem their props, since my idea to write the poem came from one of their writing prompts.

Here’s a complete list of the poems the Tipton Poetry Journal nominated this year:

2009 Nominations

Gilbert Allen Inside Self-Storage (Winter 2009)
Matthew Landrum Rebecca With Tequila Shot (Spring 2009)
Bonnie Maurer Hymn To A Lost Breast (Spring 2009)
Christine Swint Everything is a Sign (Spring 2009)
Michael Brockley When the Woman in the White Sweater at the Cancelled Charles Simic Reading Asked If I Was David Shumate (Summer 2009)
Ruthelen Burns Fallen (Fall 2000)

Tipton Poetry Journal spring issue now live

The Tipton Poetry Journal included one of my poems, ‘Everything is a Sign’ in their spring issue. In the poem I included words contributed from Read Write Poem’s wordle prompt. One of them, anapest, the driving word I should say, came from Dale Favier. Thanks Dale!

Here’s a direct link to my poem, Everything is a Sign.

And here’s a direct link to an amazing poem, I think my favorite from the issue:

Hymn to a Lost Breast, by Bonnie Mauer

The journal is filled with poems that reflect the natural environment and how human beings fit into it. There are many poems with references to rural life and country life, but with a contemporary view. I’m honored to be included with so many poets whose work is far more widely published than mine is.

Issue #13 (Spring 2009) of the Tipton Poetry Journal has been published and is available now in both print and online versions:


Tipton Poetry Journal # 13

Contributors for the Spring 2009 issue include:

Gilbert Allen, CL Bledsoe, Scott Brewer, David Campbell, Dan Carpenter, Patrick Carrington, Lisa Cihlar, Hannah Craig, Steve De France, Hugh Fox,Kristin George, Joan Goldberg, Tina Hammerton, Michael Henson, Ronnie Hess, Oritsegbemi Emmanuel Jakpa, Kathleen Kenny, Norbert Krapf, Matthew Landrum, Brian Lowery, Theodore Lucero, Donal Mahoney, Rick Marlatt, Bonnie Maurer, Norman Minnick, George Moore, Erin Murphy, Lylanne Musselman, Brandon Pettit, Richard King Perkins II, Roger Pfingston, Stephen R. Roberts, Tom Sheehan, Judson Simmons, Roger Singer, Christine Swint, Tom Þorgautr, Robin Throne, James W. Torke, Changming Yuan

Barry Harris, Editor
Katie Kowalski, Assistant Editor