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V. P. Loggins wins CPR Editors’ Prize

The editors are delighted to announce that the manuscript The Green Cup by V. P. Loggins has won the 2016 Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in Illinois, V. P. Loggins is the author of The Fourth Paradise (Main Street Rag 2010) and Heaven Changes (Pudding House Chapbook Series 2007). He has also published one critical book on Shakespeare, The Life of Our Design, and is co-author of another, Shakespeare’s Deliberate Art. His poems and articles have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Crannog (Ireland), The Dalhousie Review (Canada), English Journal, The Formalist, The Healing Muse, Memoir, Modern Age, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Poetry Ireland Review, Slipstream and The Southern Review, among other journals. In 2011 Talking Drums, an art exhibition and installation by sculptor and ceramicist Andrew Cooke, based on The Fourth Paradise, appeared in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. His work has been featured in A Universe of Dreams, poetry and music performed nationally by Neal Conan of National Public Radio and Ensemble Galilei. He has taught at several institutions, most recently the United States Naval Academy.

Mr. Loggins receives a $1,000 prize, publication, and 25 author’s copies of the book when it appears next summer.

The Wall,
by V. P. Loggins

They lie here side by side
in the long sleep, and I
wish I could set my ear
to the ground above them
and hear the night-talk,
those unintelligible words

I strained to hear when
as a boy I lay in bed
on the other side of the wall
and tried to sleep. I would
knock on the ground as once
I tapped the wall’s barrier

only to hear my father say,
Take it easy over there.
Then I would close my eyes
and, drifting off to sleep,
convince myself
that the darkness loves me.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 1.

V. P. LogginsV. P. Loggins is the author of The Fourth Paradise (Main Street Rag 2010), Heaven Changes (Pudding House Chapbook Series 2007), as well as two critical books on Shakespeare. His poems and articles have appeared in The Baltimore Review, The Dalhousie Review, The Formalist, The Healing Muse, Memoir (and), Poet Lore and The Southern Review, among others. He was a finalist for the May Swenson Award and the Cider Press Review’s Book and Editor’s Prizes.

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