Nate Pritts’ poetry has been hailed as an exciting descendant of the New York School. Apt as that observation may be, the poems before us today push my genealogical radar further north, to Gloucester, MA, and its association with Charles Olson and projective verse. Readers familiar with Olson’s essay will remember the poet urging young writers to compose by field, to reject closed form and to embrace the organic possibilities associated with breath. Though I would not go so far as to say that Pritts kept Olson in mind throughout the process of writing these poems, his verse could be said to be compositions by orbital rather than compositions by field. Each poem below is a thought experiment on the order of Shrödinger’s cat, a modern take on Hamlet’s infamous soliloquy: to be or not to be.
We are proud to announce our 2013 nominees for the Pushcart Prize: Amaranth Borsuk, Heather Christle, Louise Mathias, Oliver de la Paz, David Dodd Lee, and Eryn Green. We invite you to read or re-read their poems, and we hope that you find them as engaging and uncommon as we did.