This year’s jury was composed of poets Katia Grubisic of Montreal, and Ben Ladouceur and Hoa Nguyen, both of Toronto.
From the jury: “roberts speaks with clarity and certainty, in a firm and haunting voice. This is an author clearly driven by a need to articulate what is missed. She is unafraid to end a poem abruptly and to let the quiet that follows do some of the speaking. She’s also clearly having fun – with physics, with form, with the second grammar of the line break, and with memories joyous and shocking and neither and both.”
rushes from the river disappoinment was a finalist for a Two Sylvias Press poetry book prize March of last year, and contains work that is prize-winning, critically praised in The Review Review, Pushcart Prize nominated, translated into Farsi, and widely featured in periodicals such as Verse Daily, Crannóg Magazine, The New Quarterly, Breakwater Review, The Indianapolis Review, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Arcturus, Banshee, and Burning House Press.
For some mysterious reason, there is hardly anything that quickly sets my gears of poetic semblance into motion like the basalt road scrolling out under the determination of a bus or the glinty parallel lines of rail and tie dotted by the toot toot toot at level crossing.
One of my first significant publications was a poem I wrote sitting in the upper level of a double-decker Megabus heading from Toronto to Montréal.
Under similar unction, “Connections” manifests as a sort of lullaby, woven with sights and meditations, wrought from train travel as well as sitting at the altar of late summer surf.
This poem first appeared, in print, in Banshee, issue #5 (Autumn/Winter 2017), available here.