Instead of Sadness is the 2015 Spacks Prize-winning book by Catherine Abbey Hodges. In Catherine Abbey Hodges’ Instead of Sadness the beauty is there as the bread of life, as the poems enter and grow in us—the kind of experience we come to expect in good poems—the feeling of “Ah yes, that’s right.” In classically […]
A beloved mentor and master poet, Barry Spacks collected both new and beloved poems in Shaping Water.
Featuring three dozen Santa Barbara-area poets.
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What’s Up, Gunpowder?
Blossoms do their pretty thing: stones stone, bugs bug, trees testify. But somehow we tend to serve two masters. So which wears the mask that hides the other? * To teach “Already it is Perfect” the Master simply moves his teacup. His students understand: breath out, breath in. * Many, in plenty, die of hunger; […]
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Barry Spacks Poetry Prize
We are currently in the process of reviewing the 2016 Barry Spacks Poetry Prize submissions. Thank you for sharing your work with us!
Dan Gerber has selected Catherine Abbey Hodges’s manuscript Instead of Sadness as the winner of the inaugural Barry Spacks Poetry Prize. In his judges’ commendation, Dan Gerber wrote: In Catherine Abbey Hodges’ Instead of Sadness the beauty is there as the bread of life, as the poems enter and grow in us—the kind of experience […]