We now have copies of our Birdy Poetry Prize Books, winners and finalists, available in the Meadowlark Bookstore (and wherever you buy books)! Use the coupon code VALENTINE to get 10% off any/all poetry books purchased directly from Meadowlark in the month of February.
You are invited to our virtual reading event with our 2019 and 2020 Birdy Winners and Finalists on March 13, 2021, 6:00 pm. The winner of the 2021 Birdy Poetry Prize will be announced at this event.
There is a worldliness in these poems, the kind of grit that accompanies a strong heart. There’s awareness--of the self, of the world. And the poems are populated with the magical, husky things of this earth: warm beer in Berlin, rice in a bowl in a monastery, and stains from fresh cranberries. These are poems we can savor, now and again.
I love Carol Kapaun Ratchenski’s prose poems. I mean, I love the poems in verse, too, but these narrative nuggets feed me all the way down to my bones. This is soul food, without ever packaging itself in God-language. It is brimming with hope, even as says yes to shattering loss. It is a wonder-soaked glimpse of love in all of its expressions, as it’s knocking her down and lifting her up. The poet’s version of the human predicament, told with startling authenticity, becomes my story. Becomes our story. Becomes redemption.