Elana Wolff for the poem “Use of the Room”!
Susan Gillis and the Arc Poetry Magazine Board also selected two honourable mentions:
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
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
What matters is contending with
You still have time to enter Arc’s next Award of Awesomeness!