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Ruth Awad Poetry Picks


It is not my aim to name the spark that makes a poem a poem, but I can show you what is wild and wandering and wondering. I hope when you read these poems, your curiosity ignites. I hope they make you look up at the world around you and seek out its tenderness. I hope they fill you with a righteous rage or become the salve you needed on a hard day. I chose these poems for their breadth and spellwork. Let them transform you, even briefly.

Contributing editor Ruth Awad is an award-winning Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (SIR Press 2017) won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRYPoem-a-DayThe New RepublicPleiadesThe RumpusThe Missouri Review Poem of the WeekSixth FinchCrab Orchard ReviewCALYXDiodeThe Adroit JournalVinyl PoetryEpiphanyBOAAT Journal, and elsewhere.