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Emily Ransdell

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2022 Louis Award Winner

All the of the entries this year were very strong. Contest Judge Lana Hechtman Ayers has selected as Winner: All the Branches Gone by Emily Ransdell.

Lana notes: "I was swept away by the taut grace of these lyrical narrative poems."


Poem from All the Branches Gone

Night Sky

It goes on forever,
beyond error and indignity,
accusation and bruise.
No matter how many sorrows
are torn from memory, night
shines its thousand lights down—
the archer, the bow,
the bull’s bright eye. The dipper
on the back of the bear.

Once I was a girl who rode
the long tails of wishes
as I lay on the dock looking up.
Ice and iron is what
they were made of.
Beauty and dust.
Night like a kind of forgiveness,
letting the flaming pieces fall.


Susanna Lang
Margot Wizansky
The Yellow Sweater


Robert L. Penick
Pattie Palmer Baker
Debra Jamesf
Xiaoly Li
George Such
Steven Deutsch
Terry Bodine
Erin Coughlin
The Art of Mercy
Deep Sea Fishing
Doing My Best to Shine
Every Single Bird Rising
Home Made Mantra
My Brooklyn
Neither Are Crows
Postcards from Autism