Off the Grid Press is pleased to announce the publication of our 2014 Prize winner
Doggerland: Ancestral Poems by Dicko King
Doggerland can be purchased online here or by sending a check for $18 (includes $3 shipping charge) to OTG Press, 24 Quincy Street, Somerville, MA 02143.
The winner of our 2015 manuscript contest is
Finestra's Window by Patricia Corbus.
By Patricia Corbus
In the rain, alizarin spatters and runs down towers.
The breasts of the whore weep with regret & compassion,
& the gates, all 28 of them, open and close,
clanking in the red tail lights.
Sirrah, then my face was my own,
all makeup washed away, nothing tweezed.
My eyes were wide-open catalpa blossoms
drinking rain, my mouth a green traffic light,
& men in tuxedos carried me arm over arm
from the Trocadero to the Stork Club.
I had never heard of Darcy, so lately dead,
hit by a flower-pot thrown by a monkey,
but I caught his desire for me red-handed.
– Yet, in the long run, what could be better
than knowing one’s own worth –
though by the time I recognized her, Truth,
pushing a shopping cart,
had hot-footed her sweet face and tattooed butt out of town.