Congratulations to IUSB Faculty Member, Nancy Botkin, whose poetry was recognized in both categories of this year’s Indiana Poetry Award contest!
Indiana’s current Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras, announced the winners.
Nancy’s poems “Studebaker Wives” and “Missing” are published on the winner’s page: http://www.wabashwatershed.com/2015/08/23/julyaugust2015feature/
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David Dodd Lee
Reading Animalities is like inhaling and exhaling innumerable versions of life—and like life, these poems embrace “carnage and joy”: “the sun on the horizon bleeding…/ where the loons swim in it by moonlight still laughing.” The curious juxtaposition of the familiar with the surreal—“the flaming peonies,” “black lemons floating on white water. ”—contemplates the question, “Why is there something instead of nothing?”
From “GARLIC “:
“I like the suffering, knowing there will/come a time.”
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Nancy Botkin – poet, Senior Lecturer, and Director of First Year Writing – was recently interviewed by George Kalamaras, Indiana’s current Poet Laureate.
Here’s what Kalamaras has to say about Nancy’s poetry:
Nancy Botkin is a poet of quiet simplicity, though her poems are anything but simple. Based largely in the image, her poetics evoke complex interweavings of emotion and intellect. I’ve known her for many years, but it wasn’t until the last several that I became familiar with her work—which is imaginative, psychological, and emotive. There’s an elegance to her poems and a sparseness—both working together to strike deep chords of resonance. One senses a powerful consciousness at work, minutely observing the world—recording, locating, chronicling. But she doesn’t leave it there. Nancy transforms what she sees through the lens of her imagination.
She’s a poet for whom the past and present together are always present. Whether she writes about her father-in-law’s dementia, or a young boy misbehaving in a parking lot in June, or the memory of early days in Catholic school, everything comingles in her poems, giving further testament to her perception that, “Time and timing are the deep elements” (“Summer Solstice”). It is this timing of what to remember, and when, as well as how the imagination connects past and present, that often forms startling perceptions in her work. Even the cosmos, for her, is part of this remembering. As she tells us in “Not to Depart This Earth,” there is no timeline for what gets remembered, or when: “the stars . . . have taken their own / sweet time memorizing earth.”
Read the rest of the intro and interview here: http://www.wabashwatershed.com/2014/10/08/septemberoctober-2014-poetry-feature-nancy-botkin/
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