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The September Winner of the “Arc Award of Awesomeness” is . . .

Elana Wolff in front of a red and yellow background, with doo-dad of a clown in a red and yellow outfit sitting on a swing
winner (with doo-dad)

Elana Wolff for the poem “Use of the Room”!


Susan Gillis and the Arc Poetry Magazine Board also selected two honourable mentions:

    • “stay in a tied-together house, Tanna island” by Claudia Radmore
    • “hotel room” by Lucas Warren



Use of the Room

We were rained out of Algonquin
Park, out of our makeshift tent. L
ucky we found a motelier
willing to let us
ten-to-a-room; the grandparents
got the bed, the grandkids squeez
ed between them, feet to head.
The wall-clock, like a Cyclops

, stopped to watch: our dreams
tip into twisty images; frozen star
es—yours and mine—like stags’
on mouldy shag; you and I
got the rug, the baby
stowed in the ark of a pulled-out
drawer. At random, like a biblio-

mant, I opened Gideon’s
Bible to Isaiah 12:3—
With joy you will draw
water from the wells
of salvation.

Our camp-stuff
hung like outsized tinsel,
wet on a room-shaped tree.

What I’m getting at is people
build up meaning between them
selves and all
the seemingly
random things
…………………..that present.
What matters is contending with
these afresh.



You still have time to enter Arc’s next Award of Awesomeness!