2013 Rattle Poetry Prize Winner

Roberto Ascalon

Roberto Ascalon
Seattle, WA
The Fire This Time

Charles Bukowski once said, “Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.” It’s from this place of desperate resignation that “The Fire This Time” seems to be born, a poem not delivered as from a speaker to an audience, but howled into the wind. Some poems present us with life wrapped up in a tidy package and we come away feeling good about the world and our place in it; some poems wage war against our comfortable delusions about reality, and we come away with a few cracks in our foundation, which is, as Leonard Cohen sang, “how the light gets in.” With blazing language and a pounding rhythm, “The Fire This Time” poses hard questions—and leaves us longing for answers. We’re proud to announce it as winner of the 2013 Rattle Poetry Prize.



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