2014 Rattle Poetry Prize Winner

Craig van Rooyen

Waiting in Vain
Craig van Rooyen
San Luis Obispo, CA

When Plato said that “every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back,” he wasn’t referring to Craig van Rooyen’s “Waiting in Vain,” but he could have been. With a soft music and powerful rhythm, van Rooyen wraps a lifetime of delights and sorrows and mysteries into a single song that makes the heart weep—not with sadness or joy or even redemption, but with all of it at once, with the full force of feeling alive. We’re proud to announce “Waiting in Vain” as winner of the 2014 Rattle Poetry Prize.



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