A Poem from The Book I’m Putting Together . . .

. . . has won a prize from the American Literary Review. Here is what Joanie Mackowski, who judged the poetry contest, thought of the winning poem, "Lake Surface Full of Clouds": "Stretching its keen observations and minutely choreographed sentences over the advancing paw prints of its lines, “Lake Surface Full of Clouds” makes language ductile and makes the reader recall the animal and chemical pleasures of reading. This poem finds an atomic pulse: 'thing & song// in their wild fullness full'." The poem will appear in the Spring 2012 issue of ALR.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

5 thoughts on “A Poem from The Book I’m Putting Together . . .”

  1. Hey, Congratulations Joe! It is a really a lovely poem. Was it part of the fall cycle? I know I read it earlier. Ductile? Off to the dictionary.

    1. Joe — I saw the Clarkson announcement and I want to congratulate you again. And I congratulate myself too. I’ve really enjoyed your poems and hearing you read them. Now my taste in poetry has been confirmed by a panel of experts. I sure miss chatting with you.

    1. Once the poem comes out in the journal, I’ll see about linking to it or distributing it in a way that won’t undercut the American Literary Review’s legitimate interests. Also, it will be in my next book!

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