The Seattle Review announced that SHADOWPLAY along with Alison Straub's Dust Rites were finalists for their inaugural Chapbook Contest, judged by Ben Lerner. Congratulations to Tony Mancus for his winning manuscript City/Country.
Winner: Tony Mancus: City/Country
Finalists: Douglas Piccinini: SHADOWPLAY
Alison Straub: Dust Rites
Ben Lerner said of Tony Mancus' work:
"neither the built space of the city nor a fantasy of pastoral escape; instead, these poems are a zone where the natural and artificial interpenetrate, often violently: electricity circulating through a doomed calf, the blade of a mower that “bends like / a thought / into the future.” In other words, the work is real--poems that summon considerable lyric powers to cut through the genre’s false consolations: “and the guests / guess wrong / about the necks // of birds / of reptiles / of mammals // of the hurt on the human form…” The line is the blade; see it shining in Tony's hands."