Poetry: 2011 Chapbook Prize Finalists

This month we feature work from our five finalists for the 2011 Omnidawn Chapbook Competition:

Brian Foley – Totem

Hugo Garcia Manriquez – All Civilians

Nicholas Gulig – Ecotone

Megan Pruiett – The Naught Book

M.A. Vizsolyi – Notes on Melancholia


Brian Foley

The filled up:
middle: of species: ceasing:
to vanish: I could: theme:
into reason: for

the sound of:
my own: maim: expelled:
against the: same: baste:
but its

the shape:
you walk into: in which you


Brian Foley is the author of several chapbooks including The Constitution (Horseless Press, 2011) & Going Attractions (Greying Ghost Press, forthcoming 2011). Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Boston Review, Real Poetik, Action Yes, Leveler and elsewhere. He is a co editor at Saltgrass Journal and, with E.B. Goodale, runs Brave Men Press.


Hugo Garcia Manriquez

the propositions:

                        a garden is this, surplus within the walls

                        “the natural limits”

                        “the third world”

                        awaken and in such wilderness


in a dream the title of a book

and the book, “Historia universal del residuo”

interiority is the translator’s proposition


                        against            grain of voice

                        in the subject line of all future correspondence

                        degrees of need


                                                [notes for apprenticeship ]

                                                Hairpin for warships

                                                Morning doves

                                                Dove tail, “Drone


Hugo Garcia Manriquez is the recipient of a 2010 Translation Grant from the Mexican National Fund for the Arts. Some of his forthcoming projects include Painting is Finite, from LRL e-editions, and Anti-Humboldt, a revision/intervention of the NAFTA document which will be published in Mexico. His translation into Spanish of W.C.W.’s poem Paterson appeared in 2009, and he is currently translating Clayton Eshleman’s book on cave painting and the Upper Paleolithic imagination, Juniper Fuse. Hugo is pursuing a doctoral degree from the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UC Berkeley.


Nicholas Gulig

Came to, placed by this locality. Peopled. In the underbrush our bodies shaded further into making, made. To look upon ourselves beneath the water. There among the current & the faces & the reeds, a landscape. Incompletely met, approachable. The locality swarmed around us. It teemed. Breathed & didn’t breathe as we did. For years, we watched it & we wanted & we gathered. We placed our bodies in because of. We walked upon the land.


Nicholas Gulig is a poet from Wisconsin. Educated at the University of Montana and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he is the recipient of the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg and Ruskin Art Club, awards for poetry. He has published work in numerous journals across the country, including ForkLift Ohio, The Columbia Poetry Review, The Columbia Review, Strange Machine, Corduroy Mountain, CutBank, The Los Angeles Review, and the Colorado Review. A chapbook, “West of Center” is forthcoming from Camber Press. Currently, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand as a Fulbright Scholar where he is studying contemporary southeast Asian poetry.


Megan Pruiett
(previously published in Minor American)

widdershins, weave them in.
god of din, green as pond bottoms. a gloom there, and quarry:

its particulars blanch the rest. hairy shoulder, liquid glance, there are mountains hunched between its ears—will you not shoot? trigger cracks, makes an observer out of thereupon.
the running gloat, wound in brown a brown a brown

dash the raised heads, diminished return. whose to watch
behind your ears, cold on nape and knees? hunt obstructs the hunt.
in thick of it, galloping to midstream
a call found their pairs. mismatched socks, a barrel, stock. whitened sky. some geese sail by, across; the cords pull taut, the spindle hot.


Megan Pruiett concluded her two years as Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts in July 2010, just in time for the birth of her daughter Imogen. She is the author of the chapbook To Music (EtherDome Press, 2003) and several published and unpublished poems, some of which are forthcoming in the EtherDome Anthology due out in 2012.


M.A. Vizsolyi


with wine the autobiography of the pageant winner

the ghost of the bullfighter in the amphitheater with no bathroom

the angel licking the wound of the wounded horse

in the morning the man recanting his passion

the smoking liver the dried up heart the mercy of his eyes

what was it why did the fringe lose pace with the wind


M.A. Vizsolyi’s first book of poems, “The Lamp with Wings,” was selected by Ilya Kaminsky for the National Poetry Series, and is forthcoming in the September of 2011. His poems have recently appeared or are scheduled to appear in the journals Poetry International, Tuesday: An Art Project, Slice Magazine, and BOMB. He teaches ice hockey and ice skating lessons in Central Park, and lives in Brooklyn.