Congratulations to the winner of the League’s 3rd annual National Broadsheet Contest, Eleonore Schönmaier! Eleonore’s winning poem, “it didn’t happen here” was selected by our judge D.A. Lockhart for its “strong images, and captivating lyric voice.”
Here’s a first look at “it didn’t happen here,” designed for a broadsheet by Briar Craig:
There is a lot to admire about this piece. Physically on the page and in the words itself it carries and illustrates its central image. The reader is left haunted by this poem. It’s nature speaks to the sort of experiential empathy that would do much to our world. In this way it is
a piece that I believe needs to be shared. Its form on the page, its strong images, and captivating lyric voice will be well suited to the broadsheet format. – D.A. Lockhart
In addition to being crafted into the above artisan broadsheet by Briar Craig, “it didn’t happen here” will be published in the League’s 2019 Poem in Your Pocket booklet.
We spoke with Eleonore about her writing and reading practices and also her upcoming projects. Read the interview here.
About Eleonore Schönmaier
Eleonore Schönmaier‘s most recent poetry book is Dust Blown Side of the Journey from McGill-Queen’s University Press. Her other collections are the critically acclaimed Wavelengths of Your Song (2013) and Treading Fast Rivers (1999). Her poetry has won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, the Earle Birney Prize, and is widely anthologized including publication in Best Canadian Poetry.
This year, our judge felt there were so many notable submissions that he also selected a Runner-Up and three Honourable Mentions! We’re thrilled to share these outstanding poems:
The Country East of Rossville, Indiana
by Phillip Crymble
—— after Al Purdy
I love this poem. I love the world it captures and I love how it captures it with Al Purdy and the way its lyric consciousness flows beautifully, like a winding back country Hoosier road, to the final echoing moment of the piece. – D.A. Lockhart
Phillip Crymble is a disabled writer and scholar living in Atlantic Canada. A poetry editor at The Fiddlehead and a doctoral candidate at UNB, he received his MFA from the University of Michigan and has published poems in The Malahat Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Literary Review of Canada, The New Quarterly, CV2, The Forward Book of Poetry 2017, and elsewhere. In 2016, Not Even Laughter, his first full-length collection, was a finalist for both the New Brunswick Book Award and the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia’s J.M. Abraham Prize.
Alone and together by Lenea Grace
You Shall Have Homes, 1928 by Kim Fahner
Last Words by Katherine Pilon