Caki Wilkinson Wins Third Annual Frost Farm Prize
Winner reads at Frost Farm June 13
May 31, 2013, DERRY, NH -- The Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, and the Hyla Brook Poets today announced the winner of the Third Annual Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry is Caki Wilkinson of Sewanee, Tennessee, for her poem, "Arts and Crafts."
The prize was judged by prize-winning poet and translator Catherine Tufariello. Wilkinson receives $1,000 and will be the featured reader at The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, on June 13, 2013. Her winning poem will be published in The Evansville Review.
Commenting about this year's winning poem, Tufariello said, "'Arts and Crafts' stood out for me on a first read because of its verve and virtuosity. Far from being daunted by the fiendish constraints of rhymed dimeter, Caki Wilkinson seems to relish them. In a few deft strokes, Wilkinson creates a lively and opinionated character who disparages modern art as 'poppycock' for privileging concepts over things. This craft artist prefers the "material" craft of origami to "ethereal" abstractions. But Wilkinson hints that the relationship between arts and crafts is not so simple. In the final stanza, the crafter of paper birds "makes the air"--and what could be more ethereal than air? 'Arts and Crafts' stayed with me, and finally floated to the top, because of the way its tightly folded stanzas unfold with rereading."
Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collection Circles Where the Head Should Be, which won the 2010 Vassar Miller Prize. Her second collection, The Stone Museum, won the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award from Persea Books and is forthcoming in 2014. She's an assistant professor of English at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
"The Frost Farm Prize is one of the few contests that celebrates poets working in form, and I feel very glad and lucky to be among its list of winners," Wilkinson said. "I can't wait to visit the Frost Farm later this summer!"
Tufariello read all the anonymous entries – more than 500 -- and, in addition to selecting the winner, chose three poems for special recognition as honorable mentions:
- "The Bird in the Bathroom" by Meredith Bergmann of New York City
- "At the House" by Thomas Carper of Cornish, Maine
- "Spilled Milk" by Sydney Lea of Newbury, Vermont
Second Annual Frost Farm Prize Winner Announced
The Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, and the Hyla Brook Poets are pleased to announce the winner of the Second Annual Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry is Richard Meyer of Mankato, Minnesota, for his poem, "Fieldstone."
The prize was judged by poet and literary critic Richard Wakefield. Meyer receives $1,000 and will read at The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm in June 2012. His winning poem will be published in The Evansville Review.
Commenting about this year’s entries, Wakefield said, “The entries showed an enormous range of style and subject, but ‘Fieldstone,’ with its sharp focus and unfussy mastery of form, stood out. In it, a speaker looks at his land and sees himself reflected, realizes that his ‘mastery’ of the land is in fact a compromise; in making the soil do as he wants it to do he in turn is shaped by it. The poem also sounds good. Its music arises from the subject and form acting on one another, beginning and ending with enjambed couplets that are separated by a series of end-stopped lines, in the same way that the smooth flow of the speaker's inner life is sometimes broken, or reshaped, by the demands of the outer world.”
Meyer, a former English and humanities teacher, lives in the home his father built in Mankato, a city at the bend of the Minnesota River. His poems have appeared in various print and online publications, including Able Muse, 14, SCR, The Classical Outlook, and The Flea.
“The Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry continues to grow with more than 550 entries this year from the United States and as far away as Israel and Australia," said Robert W. Crawford, co-founder of the Hyla Brook Poets and a Frost Farm Trustee. "The quality of the work was outstanding - I don't envy the difficult job Richard Wakefield, our judge, must have had selecting a winner. We look forward to hosting Richard Meyer at the Frost Farm during the Hyla Brook Reading Series in June and Richard Wakefield in July, when he gives a talk on Robert Frost during the Literary Series."
Wakefield read all the anonymous entries and, in addition to selecting the winner, chose three poems for special recognition as honorable mentions. This year, all three honorable mentions, "Permanent,” “Hunter,” and “In Snow," were from the same poet: Nicholas Friedman of Ithaca, NY.
About the Frost Farm’s Hyla Brook Poets
The Frost Farm was home to the poet and his family from 1900-1911. Robert Crawford and Bill Gleed started The Hyla Brook Poets group in 2008. In addition to a monthly workshop, the group organizes the monthly Hyla Brook Reading Series held from May through September in Frost’s barn. The Series features emerging poets as well as luminaries such as Maxine Kumin, David Ferry, Wesley McNair, and Rhina Espaillat.
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