We are excited to announce “Maximum Overdrive” by Connor Yeck as the winner of the 2020 1/2 K Prize, judged by Tiana Clark. Many thanks to everyone who submitted their work and made this year’s prize possible!
On “Maximum Overdrive,” Tiana Clark said: “From the title, I didn’t know right away that this poem would soon reference one of my favorite guilty pleasure ‘80’s movies! I was delighted to read a modern ekphrastic poem in three brilliant movements, braiding a personal memory with pop culture and the German language. I selected this poem for the risks it took on the page by unexpected associative leaping, which allowed for strangeness, delight, and depth. The similes were vivid and sonically plush. There is a controlled too-muchness here that I celebrate, because it vibrates with cohesion in its sustained image systems with a savvy sense of play and wonder. This is a poet who trusted and chased their imagination. It paid off, and I applaud you.”
“Good Work and Goodbye!” by Clancy Tripp
“Fire” by Mary Ardery
“He Who Finds a Wife Finds a Good Thing” by Alysse McCanna
“Hoarder” and “Exhaustion” by Joshua Nguyen
“Groundwork” by Cate Lycurgus
“Long Ago, an Owl” by Nancy Quinn
“Count-Down” by Alan Sincic
“Hold for Release till End of the World Confirmed” by Connor Yeck
The winner will be published in the in the Summer 2021 issue of the Indiana Review.