frances angela is a recipient of a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems for 2017 for her poem
the sound of someone
It first appeared in Acorn 38.
Commentary from the Panel:
“There is much to appreciate in this haiku, as it develops a brittle, metaphoric moment of heightened awareness. We move from a formal, latinate, lonely experience of mortality to human presence real and imagined, to a sound obliquely associated with commemoration. As the unwrapping of cut flowers releases their scent, we inhale their essence one last time. The w sound that echoes from line to line is also a suppressed wail.”
“The haiku puts together such an odd scene. The flowers become the fire.”
See the complete list of past winners of both Individual Poem Awards and Distinguished Books Awards in the Touchstone Archives.