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Wick First Book

David Hassler, Editor
Maggie Anderson, Founding Editor
The Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. It is made possible through the Wick Poetry Center, which is directed by David Hassler.

Even Years

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“The poems in Christine Gosnay’s first book, Even Years, speak with a voice that animates and astonishes us as they delineate and explore, trace and explode, the ‘order of shapes in the light’—the order of words, of moments in a life, of shifts in perspective…

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hover over her

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“In Leah Osowski’s exquisite debut, hover over her, the poet immerses us in geographies of unrealized adolescence, where young women are singular amidst their cacophonous backdrops, whether beside a lake, inside a Dali painting, or stretched out in a flower garden. These spaces are turned…

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Translation

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“Matthew Minicucci begins his collection with his prize-winning poem, ‘A Whale’s Heart,’ where in the old world, a rose petal tincture was used to minimize a scar, but never concealed it completely. This is a book of such faint scars, losses almost imperceptible but there,…

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The Spectral Wilderness

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Winner of the 2013 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Mark Doty, Judge

“It’s a joy. . .to come nearer to a realm of experience little explored in American poetry, the lives of those who are engaged in the complex project of transforming their own gender… Oliver…

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The Dead Eat Everything

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“This book is a document of a particular world, real, wrenched from the poet’s life, as if written with a gun to his head or a spike through his heart. Reading it is like opening a damp newspaper wrapped around a big fish just caught,…

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Wet

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“I’m moved by the way that Carolyn Creedon’s work treats experience as sacred. She won’t look away from difficult truths. She writes frankly about her own frustrations, longings, and heartbreaks, but she also recognizes the suffering of others—their secret grievances and griefs. The daily working…

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The Local World

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“Mira Rosenthal’s The Local World incorporates deeply lived experience and mystery in a fluent shape-shifting that can take you anywhere— and bring you back, changed. The poems are beautifully crafted narratives of loss, travel, and salvage. There is a damaged family at the heart of…

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Wick Poetry Center also sponsors scholarship awards, a reading series, and an annual Chapbook competition for Ohio poets. For guidelines, write to David Hassler, Director, Wick Poetry Center, Department of English, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent OH 44242-0001.


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