Shira Abramovich - Edwin Honig Memorial Award

I am impressed with this poet’s sonic sense and clear instinct for line breaks, which together result in a sophisticated balance of texture and tempo. Each poem is a small ecology of detail, contained with shifting contents. Many lines surprised and lingered with me: After the wreck, the lady of the house / wants an 8-day brass movement…” and “if the orange / shirt emits a head, what kind of cartoon birds fly out?” and “the Yarkon and the Charles, their mixing / with the ocean at the mouth.” I also appreciated the conversation with other texts and firm location in our global political moment. I look forward to seeing more of this poet’s work in the world.