My first pick for the SFPA’s Dwarf Stars Award (speculative poems under ten lines) and for the Rhysling Awards always seems to jump out at me. “Yep, that’s the one,” I think immediately after reading it.
This year’s Dwarf Stars Anthology is full of incredible poems, but here are two facts: (1) U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is my favorite living poet. (2) Her breathtaking, mind-blowing poem “The Everlasting Self” was nominated for this year’s Dwarf Stars Award.
Okay, here’s important fact (3): Maria Popova of Brain Pickings (the source of last year’s long poem Rhysling Award winner “The Mushroom Hunters” by Neil Gaiman) identified “The Everlasting Self” in June as a “soulful meditation on the looping, haunting mystery of being.”
My first pick should be clear. 😀 📚🚀