Friday, November 6, 2009
Steve Klepetar, St. Cloud State University professor of English and faculty director of advising, has been nominated once again for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. His poems “The Hand” and “Another Song” earned him a fifth nomination for the award.
The Pushcart Prize – Best of the small presses series has been published annually since 1976 and compiles a variety of works from genres including poetry, short fiction and essays. It is considered to be one of the most honored literary projects in America and has represented the work of hundreds of writers since its creation. Each edition can be readily found in most libraries and bookstores. Recipients are nominated by magazine and book press editors.
with its myriad
bones, the scalpel and the pen.
Each nail, each wrinkle on the knuckled
swung onto trees. These are the blind
days of spring, the broken days of leafy
mud and rag.
I am searching for your lips
and the secret tongue
you hide in the pockets of moon.
I have followed you home to a door in this wall.
In an instant you are
gone, sunlight on glossy leaves and then
Squirrels wrestle in their heavy nests, sky stretches and yawns
and again the earth fools us, somersaulting
out where brushes swish in silent caverns of dream.
What strange beast
bearing marks of fire
and rain, slinks
from the wood to eat
shadows from my salty hand?
the trees, nothing
Who has sent
a message leaping
from its blazing
laps at our ears.
When tides plague this
suffering shore, who will sing
the broken choirs of night?