Psaltery & Lyre

2020 Pushcart Prize Nominees

Congratulations to all of our 2020 Pushcart Prize nominees!

8 Parables to Keep You Safe, Defy Aging, & Banish Evil

We look for the things that are irretrievable / in these minor folds of solitude. We fire, / we flood, we famine.

Service Hymn

The star spangled banner blared at the start / and end of each day, and the spot / where we stood when it began was where / we’d stand for the duration.

Three Poems

God says words in Night that Night don’t know / how to hold so it gives’em to me.

Elegy on the Mourning of My Death

Elders have stopped reading the news. We dream / of serious play down on our knees— / cat’s eyes, jacks, the kiss that’s for keeps.

Tornado Warning

Silence meant trouble, / / a brewing. I prayed for thunder.


When summer releases its hold, this isn’t my place / to hunker with a knife and cards / / and watch day delay starting.

No One Can Move Me the Way that You Do,

belts out Cyndi Lauper, but it could’ve just as easily / been Saint Teresa of Avila crooning for Jesus: / nothing replaces the feeling between me and you.

2020 Orison Anthology Nominees

Congratulations to all of our nominees!

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