The above work appears in the sixth issue of Siren, along with several other deserving poems (and great art, not eligible for either honor), a few of which made this decision difficult. Bravos all around.
excerpts from the nominated poems:
That took her voice in half. She dipped it in a pan
of dead lilacs and licked the inner thigh seams.
I turned around on rotary machines.
The best of us plunge cultural defectors that crow
a weaker side for the salt of tides ripping our childhoods out.
- Amy King
A cubic inch of Texas tumbled to the bed
My eyes were still swollen from dusting
Just then, I pinched the blue
bonnet cat-claw of what could be my future, entire