Aidan Forster - Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award, 2021

This lapidary suite of five poems revels in carnality and mortality, twinned, and loquacious. The poem "On Sequins" celebrates ecstatic union and the inevitable plummet into daily life, with its inescapable return of lovers into separate bodies, consciousness, siloed selves: "As if the difference between the second/of three and the third of four is the feeling/of being the zeroth of none, being the boy/still tinkering with bacchic flute in the mirror"  The poems are jeweled objects, stirring thought, retrieving buried gems of language and thought.

 

These lines pack themselves with beauty and grief and mystery, and relay a sense of knowing and unknowing that makes a road through the dust of history, into the future.