We’re very excited to announce that the Emerging Voices Poetry Contest will now be The Tishman Review Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize!
I was a lucky child, with parents that were both college-educated and who shared a love for literature with each other and with us kids – I have seven siblings – and many of my childhood memories include my father’s idea of poetry recitation: spontaneous bursts of song with lyrics often “reworked” to fit the current situation, and even the random lines from Shakespeare appearing at the supper table or at homework time. My mother was the quieter of the pair, but she too would make references to poems, as well as music, and favorite novels. Before I headed back to school at age forty, my mother bequeathed me a tattered copy of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poems, a small book that had spent many years becoming dog-eared in my mother’s company. Along with The Collected Stories of O-Henry, it is one of my most prized possessions.
This is one of the many reasons why I am so excited to be able to announce that our Emerging Voices Poetry Contest has received permission to now be The Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize.
If you have not yet expanded your poetry palate to include the lines of Millay, then I urge you to do so. For me, Millay’s poetry is all about the feminine, the youthful, liberation, revolt, and all the while being both sensitive and suggestive. Her poetry is filled with bittersweet love, sorrow, the inevitability of change, resignation, death, and ever-abiding nature. But she also is about passion, and following passion in our art.
I’d like to think that Barrett Warner and Edna St. Vincent Millay would be fast friends if they could share the same space-time continuum. Warner, as final judge for this contest, asks for “… surprises, but not ones which are completely unexpected. And to fall in love, especially the falling part. I want everything to move … the gun, the bullet, the target. I want locomotives that make more than one or two stops on the route. I want endings that spiral toward infinity. I want an elastic lyric and metaphor and some narrative thread to lessen the workload of the images.”
Can you imagine a more perfect pair?