The Backwaters Prize in Poetry

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  1. Skin Memory
    Skin Memory scours a wild landscape haunted by personal tragedy and the cruel consequences of human acts in search of tenderness and regeneration.... Learn More
    Published: 1st November 2019
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  2. Not Your Mama's Melting Pot
    “From jump, there was such sonic, emotional, and intellectual drive to these poems, that I couldn’t resist–why would I want to–the pull of Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley’s vision and sensibility. Verve and élan are... Learn More
    Published: 1st October 2018
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  3. Stunt Heart
    In Stunt Heart, Mary Jo Thompson’s debut collection,a female gaze locates the ironies inside the subjects of marriage and death, loneliness and love, speaking and silence. The title plays on both sick hearts and circus tricks,... Learn More
    Published: 20th August 2017
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  4. Drone


    By Kim Garcia

    Series The Backwaters Prize in Poetry

    The Backwaters Press

    DRONE is a lyric meditation on modern warfare, in our technological and digital age. Written from a variety of perspectives and personas, it explores the human, animal, personal, and domestic aspects of the wars being fought by... Learn More
    Published: 15th September 2016
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  5. The Daughter's Almanac
    "With unflinching stanzas threaded through with grief's relentless lyric, THE DAUGHTER'S ALMANAC is a masterwork, a deftly crafted illustration of the myriad ways beauty collides with pain. Succinct and utterly memorable, these... Learn More
    Published: 15th October 2015
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  6. To Live in Autumn
    "Zeina Hashem Beck crafts a multifaceted portrait of the people and the streets of Beirut. Part love-letter, part elegy, Hashem Beck's debut collection keeps the city from becoming 'a shadow of a memory, / the memory of a shadow'... Learn More
    Published: 30th September 2014
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  7. The Map of What Happened
    "I want a book of poems to act like a genuine book and not just a miscellany of the poet's most recent work willy-nillied between covers. Susan Elbe's THE MAP OF WHAT HAPPENED is just such a thoughtful, integrated collection,... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2013
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  8. Sadie and Mendel
    Sadie and Mendel leapt off the pages every time I read it. This is an American story in the best sense of that word, and Ms. Feng is its perfect midwife.—Lola Haskins, author of Hunger, Iowa Poetry Prize winner... Learn More
    Published: 14th May 2006
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  9. No Accident
    2006 Nebraska Book Award “Aaron Anstett’s No Accident is here for anyone who needs to replenish the belief that American poetry is as healthy and useful as it ever was.”—Philip Levine, author of The Simple... Learn More
    Published: 1st May 2005
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  10. Blinding the Goldfinches
    What one finds in these poems is the truth. It's as simple as that. No frills from the workshop, no ostentatious diction or imagery, but only the firm, quiet enterprise of authenticity. In a world increasingly crude, cruel, and... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2005
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