Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Editor's Choice Award 2013

The Editor's Choice Award 2013 goes to Temple Cone for his poem "A Closer Absence." Temple Cone is the author of three books of poetry: That Singing, from March Street Press (2011); The Broken Meadow, which received the 2010 Old Seventy Creek Poetry Press Series Prize; and No Loneliness, which received the 2009 FutureCycle Press Poetry Book Prize. An associate professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy, he lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
A Closer Absence
           by Temple Cone
There’s got to be a word
for this longing
that kneels beside you
in an empty chapel
or follows you beneath bare trees,
a word inflected
with pulse and handclasp and breath.
You would need a thousand tongues
just to speak it,
unless you found
you were one of the tongues
and the word
was being spoken
through you. Was you.


Laura M Kaminski said...

so wonderful
my eyes water --
cup filled
to overflowing...

diana christine said...

Laura, I'm so happy to hear you like this poem too. Thank you for commenting. In a moment this poem brings me closer to that longing, helps me taste it and touch it.