The Poetry of Mary K O'Melveny

Tom Howard / Margaret Reid Poetry 2017 - Honorable Mention


"A Short Bibliography of Secrets" 

  by Mary O'Melveny



Judge Soma Mei Sheng Frazier comments on the winning entries:

"...O'Melveny makes intimate reference to the stories shaping three generations' lives—identifying each subject and period; giving credit, sought or unsought, to the authors of major incidents. Like any bibliography worth consulting, this structured record provides critical notes leading to more: discoveries of misplaced faith and kindness; traumas rising from the depths of memory; reflections on the cowardice and wisdom of running away; and stupefying realizations like the fact that people leave, sometimes, without leaving, or that our lives are both larger and smaller than we know."

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