Rattle is proud to announce the winner of the 2009 Rattle Poetry Prize:
“To the Young Man Who Cried Out ‘What Were
You Thinking’ When I Backed into His Car“
Michelle Bitting, Pacific Palisades, CA – “Mammary“
Carolyn Creedon, Charlottesville, VA – “How to Be a Cowgirl in a Studio Apartment“
Mary-Lou Brockett-Devine, Niantic, CT – “Crabs“
Douglas Goetsch, Edmond, OK – “Writer in Residence, Central State”
David Hernandez, Long Beach, CA – “Remember It Wrong“
John Paul O’Connor, Franklin, NY – “Beans“
Howard Price, Morro Bay, CA – “Crow-Magnon“
Patricia Smith, Howell, NJ – “Birthday”
Alison Townsend, Stoughton, WI – “The Only Surviving Recording of Virginia Woolf’s Voice“
Emily Kagan Trenchard, Brooklyn, NY – “This Is the Part of the Story I’d Rather Not Tell”
The eleven winning poems will be published in Rattle #32, which releases in December 2009. Another 19 poems were selected for standard publication, and offered a space in the open section of Rattle #33.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition, which would not have been a success without your diverse and inspiring poems.