Elizabeth McLagan: Bellingham Review Award

In researching some more poetry contests to throw money away at I stumbled across Elizabeth McLagan’s poem All Alien Spirits Rest the Spirit, the winner of the 2009 49th Parallel Poetry Award. Listen to this:

“There are rocks that have forgotten the body:
orphaned, smoothed by their journey, tossed up

at random and left to dry in the sun.”

Wow. Liked it so much I searched for more and found Goodwill on Verse Daily.

”   … even now I am looking

for something among the sorrowful
dresses and empty sheets, all the stuff
pouring out its plain sadness
until I can’t want for anything more.   ”