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January

Ode to the Steambox by Matthew Nienow

[the shortlist]

Best Line:

That arch and bridge
will form a shape of repentance.
-Fanny Howe from Three Persons

February

The Last Time I Slept in This Bed by Sara Peters

[the shortlist]

Best Line:

The poetry of the earth never ceases
Ceasing
-Dan Beachy-Quick from The Cricket and the Grasshopper

March

Sonnet by Anthony Opal

[the shortlist]

Best Line:

Across the road our neighbor starts his truck
while God, feather by feather, downs a wren
-Bruce Snider, Devotions

April

A Chair in Snow by Jane Hirshfeild

[the shortlist]

Best Line:

I’d love to be the silk-shimmer

against the curve of anyone’s arm
-Jamaal May from Hum for the Bolt

May

The Day by Geoffrey Brock

[the shortlist]

Best Line:

Now the lovers’ mouths are open-
maybe the miracle’s about to start
-Peter Coal from Song of the Shattering Vessels

June

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Landays translated by Eliza Griswold

July/August

A Thank-You Note by Michael Ryan

[the shortlist]

Best Line:

We kiss on lips, where the tenses attach.
-Christina Davis from Mankindness

September

Thicket by Atsuro Riley

[the shortlist]

Best Line:

dark furlings of
tiny church feelings
-Meghan O’Rourke from ┬áSun In Days

October

Summer by Heather Christle

[the shortlist]

Best Line:

Water skips
undressed
over outcrops
-Tom Pickard from Prologue

November

Snake Oil, Snake Bite by Dilruba Ahmed

[the shortlist]

Best Line:

in the earth a corpse snapped
God’s rope
-Fady Joudah from Tell Life

December

Trying Fourleggedness by Rebecca Hazelton

[the shortlist]

Best Line:

I was like you once, he added, in love with turbulence.
-Louise Gluck from Aboriginal Landscape

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