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Best of the Net 2016 Nominees Announced

Congratulations to our Best of the Net-nominated poets! Our nominees are:

Laura Cherry, “Fairy Tale” (17 – 4)
Carmen Germain, “Wild Mind” (17 – 4)
Ben Debus “So We Pooled Our Money and Went All of Us in a Car East towards Appalachia” (18 – 1)
Yuko Taniguchi, “A Child Hibakusha” (18 – 1)
Tina Richardson, “Insomnia” (18 -1)
Christopher Petruccelli, “Verdigris” (18 – 2)

Best of luck to you all!

Volume 18, Issue 1 is Now Online

CPR Volume 18, Issue 1Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 1, is now online. Enjoy new poems by Maria Sanz (translated by Lola Hidalgo-Calle and Mark Putnam), Tim Cresswell, M.K. Foster, Colin Schmidt, Yehoshua November, LeRoy Sorensen, Yuko Taniguchi, Ben Debus, Mary Moore, Elijah Burrell, Charles Harper Webb, Amorak Huey, Allison Joseph, Cassandra Cleghorn, Jennifer Highland, Danielle Mitchell, Michael Hurley, Judy Kronenefeld, Amanda Doster, Laurie Klein, Daryl Jones, T.J. Sandella, Janet Hagelgans, Doug Ramspeck, Jennifer Bullis, Tina Richardson, Lynn Schmeidler. With reviews of Ada Limon and Kristina Marie Darling by Dave Seter and Donna Vorreyer.

by Tina Richardson

All the stars died last night and with them
my knowing of the sun, it’s sudden
Bantam—dwarfs of white and brown, a supernova, a black hole.

Like the winnowed darkness turns
dimmer inside.                           [That discreet object]

This flight of ideas in the stead
of dream proves that I am
powerless against this world. The gravity of it all.

Those worlds, some say
is God-hunger or God-haunt, afflicting
those that want for sleep. Or the sleeplessness

itself that makes me long
for different air, for Hildegard’s egg-shaped universe, for my own
saintly visions of the apocalypse.           [simply darkness]

And what is meant by all of this? That is to say, it’s just

the day that’s wasted—the child
in the setting sun, her shadow long as if she were

twelve feet tall, a red giant.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 1.

Tina RichardsonTina Richardson received her MFA in poetry from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan where she was also awarded a Zell postgraduate Fellowship. She lives in Louisiana, where she is working on her second collection of poems, There Is Chaos in Here.

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