Thanks to all who participated! You made this decision difficult—our inbox overflowed with fives. Too, too many superlative fives. We’re now thinking in fives.
Here, at last, our decisions. We are proud to announce: 10 poets of Five (5). In alphabetical order . . . the shortlist.
Emily Abedon,“Mixed Couple”
Judy Bertelsen, “Interval”
Peg Duthie, “Five-Finger Frustration”
J.C. Elkin, Untitled
Stephanie King, “Tattoo”
Meg Eden Kuyatt, Untitled
Barbara LaMorticella, Untitled
Corey Mesler, “5 a.m.”
Ashley Odom, “Not-So-Lucky Bird”
Brad Rose, “Signs of Reincarnation at Le Parker Meridien Hotel, NY, NY (a Found Poem)”