ANNOUNCEMENT : BOOK SELECTION

John D. Robinson – Hang in There

Uncollected Press, the publisher of The Raw Art Review, has selected John D. Robinson’s book Hang in There for the first book publication project in 2019.  UCP is very excited to have the opportunity to present John’s beautiful, powerful, deeply illuminating and often devastating poems in full book form.  Please see RAR’s featured poet page for John (link below) to get a preview of John’s poetry, to see John’s BIO and to find links to buy his previously published books.

FEATURED POET: JOHN D. ROBINSON (click)

Winners: RAR Winter Cover Art Contest

WINNER:
Chess Player Suddenly Distracted, by Dave Sims

Dave Sims After 30+ years of teaching in colleges, universities, military bases, and prisons from Alaska to Louisiana, Dave Sims retired to the mountains of central Pennsylvania where he now dwells and creates. His most recent comix appear in Gigantic Sequins, The Nashville Review, Talking Writing, and Freeze Ray. He can be reached at tincansims@gmail.com.

 

 

RUNNER-UP:
Backyard Familiar #5, by Mason Bondi

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Mason Bondi is a California based painter working in a studio in San Rafael. His work explores the familiar people in his life in familiar places. Mason overlays these images with what he sees within the individual – expressing these feelings via color and form.

 

 

RUNNER-UP:
Mother’s Rain, by J. Ray Paradiso

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J. Ray Paradiso – A confessed outsider, Chicago’s J. Ray Paradiso is a recovering academic in the process of refreshing himself as an EXperiMENTAL writer and street photographer. His work has appeared in dozens of publications including Big Pond Rumors, Storgy and Typishly. Equipped with graduate cRaZy quilt degrees in both Business Administration and Philosophy, he labors to fill temporal-spatial, psycho-social holes and, on good days, to enjoy the flow. All of his work is dedicated to his true love, sweet muse and body guard: Suzi Skoski Wosker Doski.

The Awakening, by William Wantling

 I found the bee as it fumbled about the ground
Its leg mangled, its wing torn, its stinggone
I picked it up, marvelled at its insistence
to continue on, despite the dumb brutething that had occurred
I considered, remembered the fatal struggle
the agony on the face of wounded friendsand the same dumb drive to continue
I became angry at the unfair conflict suffered
by will and organism
I became just, I became unreasoned, I became
extravagant
I observed the bee, there, lying in my palmI looked and I commanded in a harsh and angry shout – 
STOP THAT!Then it ceased to struggle, and somehow suddenlybecame marvellously whole, and it aroseand it flew away
I stared, I was appalled, I was overwhelmed
with responsibility, and I knew not where to begin

The Francis Ponge Poetry Prize Winners

PLEASE NOTE:  WE ARE RE-POSTING THE FRANCIS PONGE POETRY PRIZE WINNERS BECAUSE WE LEFT OUT THE LINK TO CLARE CHU’S BEAUTIFUL POEM – “SMALL GEORGE”.  PLEASE CHECK IT OUT!

Francis Ponge

(click titles to read)

The Potato, by Dara Elareth (winner)

The Dim Boy, by Logo Wei (first runner-up)

Small George, by Clare Chu (runner-up)

< >, by Mathew Weitman (runner-up)

Absent Monuments, by Howie Good (runner-up)

The Animal Communicator, by Robert Keeler (runner-up)

Ashes, by Oliver Mestitz (runner-up)

Jungle Rope, by Renee Bailey (runner-up)