Runner Up
Patrick CullitonPatrick Culliton lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared, or will soon, in Coconut, Conduit, The Hat, The Journal, jubilat, RealPoetik, Rabbit Light Movies, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a 2009 Individual Artists Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council. He teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago and has a chapbook forthcoming from Octopus Books in Spring 2010.




Excerpt from This Cabinet for Jane

I'll keep summer away from you.
A dead moth & busted smoke
detector swim in a moonlit sill.
We've never been stuck inside of Mobile
but we sleep sandily & warm,
a couple of spent bottle rockets.
I'm always writing to you
of forests & meadows & places
where the earth breathes cool.
I'm tired of dreaming like an elf
startled up sweaty by sniffing caribou.