Congratulations to Adjunct Fellow in Poetry Ashley Toliver, whose first book of poems, Spectra (Coffee House Press), has been named a finalist for the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award in Poetry.
From "Spectra" —
Dear night possessor: your funeral barge rocked tight in the fisting water makes small winter melodies. The light ends a pattern we learned to stupefy by motion or admitting away. A statutory list puts the blame on the hour. You move as I move, whistling measures in salted grass, patient and guarded processions. At night, the line is a current to wade through: older names sifting past the flotsam, the water rising up to here.