Judge’s Comments: Poetry (2015)


Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Coffee House Press

Judge: R. Flowers Rivera

A collection that showcases a very original use of language, striking imagery, is engaged with both historical and current events, and does not neglect the musical beauty inherent to poetic expression. The poems are exceptional individually, and the collection functions exceptionally as unified whole. Special note should also be made of the poet’s concluding “Notes,” which supply additional layers of meaning and invites the reader to re-enter the collection.

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