The competition was judged by Mary Jean Chan, who said:
‘‘Alexa Winik’s pamphlet demands equal attention from the reader’s mind and heart as it evokes a tender eco-poetics that blurs the lines between the human and non-human. Crystalline language is coupled with vivid imagery and a keen attention to musicality, as demonstrated by wondrous lines such as these:
…one gannet falling then another.
The closed parachute of what
she’ll call my beautiful life
tucked somewhere inside
their shared logic of plummet
and raid and return.
I read some of these poems aloud, and loved hearing them as much as I appreciated reading them on the page. Overall, this is a sophisticated and thought-provoking collection that deserves to be widely read.”
Alexa Winik is a Canadian poet from Windsor, Ontario. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of St Andrews and was awarded the 2020 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in The Scores, The Poetry Review, The Adroit Journal, Gutter, ZARF, Tenebrae and elsewhere. She currently lives in Edinburgh.
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