Sara Van Horn – Edwin Honig Memorial Award, 2021

This cycle of poems carries on a sophisticated dialogue with the work of Rita Dove with quiet confidence and a remarkable awareness of the space between the ineffable and concrete. Filmic in their beauty and narrative intent, these poems — a sequence of detailed visuals — turn our attention to qualities of the numinous in ordinary lives. Praise the “wash too thick with sunlight …” and “the wood sap to waterproof the sails.”