Congratulations to Tony Mancus! His chapbook City Country is forthcoming and will be designed and printed by Paper Hammer. Luckily for you, it will be available for purchase at our table at AWP this April.
The chapbook was carefully chosen by Ben Lerner, who said of Tony's work: "neither the built space of the city nor a fantasy of pastoral escape; instead, these poems are a zone where the natural and artificial interpenetrate, often violently: electricity circulating through a doomed calf, the blade of a mower that “bends like / a thought / into the future.” In other words, the work is real--poems that summon considerable lyric powers to cut through the genre’s false consolations: “and the guests / guess wrong / about the necks // of birds / of reptiles / of mammals // of the hurt on the human form…” The line is the blade; see it shining in Tony's hands."
Our finalists include Douglas Piccinini's manuscript Shadowplay and Alison Strub's manuscript Dust Rites.