Judge Eileen Myles has selected “2006,” by Cecilia Woloch, as the winner of Indiana Review‘s 2014 Poetry Prize! Her poem will appear in the Winter 2014 issue of Indiana Review. We received more than 1000 poems of impressive quality and range, all of which were read anonymously by our editors. We’re happy to also announce the runners-up and finalists.
2014 Indiana Review Poetry Prize Winner
On why she chose Woloch’s poem, Myles writes: It’s “2006” no question. I like the incantatory structure and it’s full of timely modal shifts to season (Spring) and nature becomes a train. It rhymes with itself to create a somber effect and glints with dark humor just when you want it. And then it slides away with anonymity and beauty. It’s sad like history and nature is sad. It’s a profound and simple poem and very rich and kinetic. I admire it a lot. This is a very smart and talented poet.
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Congratulations to our winner and runners-up and thank you to everyone who submitted. We truly appreciate your thoughtful and excellent work.
Caitlin Scarano, “The City that Taught You”
francine j. harris, “canvas”
Joshua Bennett, “Still Life with Best Friend”
Talin Tahajian, “Aviary”
Samiya Bashir, “Universe as an Infant: Fatter than Expected, and Kind of Lumpy”
Danez Smith, “Pitch for a Movie: Dinosaurs in the Hood”
Brandon Rushton, “Portrait of the Body with Bear Trap”