#78 – Winter 2022




Rattle Poetry Prize

Conversation with
Iain McGilchrist

The Winter 2022 issue features our 11 Rattle Poetry Prize winners, including the 1st prize poem, “Shoes” by L. Renée. The open section features a rich mix of eclectic poetry, including reader-favorites Ted Kooser and Kwame Dawes, and a heroic crown of sonnets by Anna M. Evans that attempt to bridge our political divides.

The conversation section takes a deep dive into the divided brain with psychiatrist and philosopher Iain McGilchrist, who explains the role the two hemispheres, with their completely unique perspectives on the world, play in creativity. We also discuss how the modern world has come to be dominated by the left hemisphere’s narrow focus and how poetry might be an antidote to “the matter with things.”


Open Poetry

Raistlin Allen Black Is Not a Color
Audio Available Tina Barry The Little I Remember
Audio Available Richelle Buccilli Dear Instagram
Audio Available Anders Carlson-Wee Oscar’s Invention
Audio Available Danielle Carne How to Become a Happy Woman, e.g.
Audio Available Stephen Cohen The Closing List
Brendan Constantine Tralee, Ireland, Days Ago
Audio Available Kwame Dawes The Sleep of Prophets
Audio Available Anna M. Evans State of Grace
Audio Available Stephanie H. Fallon Infidel
Audio Available Penny Harter Ode to a Band-Aid
Audio Available T.R. Hummer Surge
Audio Available Jasmine Khaliq Brentwood, April 3rd
Ted Kooser Trailways
Idman Omar Complete Facts about a Woman I Love Dearly
Audio Available Foster Schrader 96th Street
Audio Available John Richard Smith Regret Tattoos
Martin Vest Normal in Wyoming
Joshua Eric Williams In a Recent Dream, I Met Stephen King
Audio Available Jeanne Yu Among the Baby Bok Choy
Audio Available Scintilla

Poetry Prize Winner

L. Renée Shoes


Audio Available Francesca Bell Conduction
Audio Available George Bilgere Palimpsest
Sarah Ederer Basic Needs
Audio Available Jennifer Griffith Augury
Audio Available Elizabeth Hill Slut
Audio Available Richard Jordan Diary Poems
Audio Available Shannan Mann Your Hands
Audio Available Candace Moore Projection
Kaitlin Reynolds Patsy
Audio Available B.A. Van Sise Baseball


Iain McGilchrist (web)

Cover Art

Maxwell Charteris