Julian Day, for the poem “River and Burn”!
Manahil Bandukwala and the Arc Poetry Magazine Board also selected two honourable mentions:
River and Burn
The first time I saw you, I mean, really saw you
we were walking along the edge of the South Saskatchewan,
past the arches of the Broadway bridge, balancing on the rocks:
young and happy, broke as hell, hotter than we’d ever be again.
And a year later, that summer of knowing and not knowing,
summer of our heat and want. Summer you tired of so much
chaste yearning and led us back to the water,
our hands ecstatic, fumbling at zippers and clasps.
June of our river and burn. July of our unmakeable luck.
You in your kerchief, my long loose hair, our lives spilling out
in a tangle of red on red. You have to get through what’s wrong
to find what’s right. Well, what if we weren’t wrong
for each other, then or now? Those two months everything
felt so complicated. Those two months nothing was complicated.
You still have time to enter Arc’s next Award of Awesomeness!