an orange grove assembles itself in the space between my skin. you want to run your hands through the field. you want to walk into the sea, drinking it as you go. here is how the birds come to land on water. tell me I am California a breathing…
Black Warrior Review’s tenth-annual contest is now open, and we’re honored to have Richard Siken (Poetry), Lily Hoang(Fiction/Prose), and Kiese Laymon (Nonfiction) as our guest judges.
Winners in each genre receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BWR 41.2, our Spring/Summer 2015 issue. Three runners-up will be awarded $100 in addition to publication. Each entry is $20 and comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. Finalists receive notation in that issue and are considered for publication.
For many poets, the start of National Poetry Month signals a time to create new work, and to develop their craft in unexpected directions. For those of us at the Black Warrior Review, the month of April also signals an opportunity to appreciate and re-engage with the poetry we’ve already published. This National Poetry Month, we want to celebrate our poets by bringing their poetry to you. Each day of April, we’ll be posting on our website one poem from a previous issue. We encourage our readers to participate via reading, sharing, and discussing the poetry on offer—and even via creating their own work in response. We’re excited to commemorate National Poetry Month with the work of such talented poets, and we hope you’ll check in throughout the month to enjoy some incredible poetry!