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The 2016 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry

We are pleased to announce the second place winner for The 2016 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, honoring the independent press’ best poem of the year. The winners are selected by an external panel that judges all pieces blindly and selects the full list of finalists. Alternating Current does not determine the final outcome for the judging; the external judges’ decisions are final. The second place winner receives a printed certificate, publication on Alternating Current’s award page, publication on The Spark, printed publication in the forthcoming triennial awards anthology Carefully Peeled Edges: The Luminaire Award Anthology 2014-2016 with the selection indicated, and our virtual silver medallion created by the lovely folks at Hardly Square, for personal and professional use on the author’s websites, blogs, social profiles, and book covers. We proudly present the second place winner:

Coralee Robbins Mafficks the Fall of Art

Coralee dusts roadsides with lupines, coos bless yous
from clawfoot bathtubs, heron-blue handkerchief
raising passing fishermen.

                                 She drawls, bottom lip a curl
                                             of baler twine,
          rear-ends a Civic at the Jefferson yield sign,

weeps, circles
lakes and pulpits, strings butterfly lights
from camper awnings, howls

over slick-glazed, sweet-sauced carcasses,
dabs her fingertips with Wetnaps,
communing foremost with the holy
mackerels of deliciousness.

AMY WRIGHT is the author of two poetry collections and five chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, DIAGRAM, Tupelo Quarterly, and Brevity. Find her online at awrightawright.com.

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