Poetry. CURIO by John Nieves is the winner of the 13th Annual Elixir Press Poetry Award. "To enter the world of CURIO, John Nieves' compelling poetic debut, is to enter a world shaped by a curious and ravenous intellect, a world where 'Morning/ is the cold, rigid face of a coin, shining/ in spite of all those dirty thumbs.' It's a space of copious gathering—one that shares in the rich tradition of the Cabinet of Wonders where collections of memory, history, and language are pondered for their exquisite, revelatory nature, never losing their luster, but invoking, instead renewable facets of awe and inspiration. For Nieves, these wonders may include quite ordinary items. In 'Hasp,' for instance, Nieves considers the 'armies/of relics created solely to open/things that no longer exist,' and finds that in a world where no 'wrist need twist/as codes are punched,' old technologies, in the form of 'diaries, doors, drawers,' are 'the only real zodiac.'"—Jane Satterfield
Author City: COLUMBIA, MO USA
John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, Southern Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, New York Quarterly, Ninth Letter and Cincinnati Review. He won the 2011 Indiana Review Poetry Prize and is a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee. His work has also appeared on Verse Daily. He received his MA from the University of South Florida in 2006 and his PhD from the University of Missouri in 2012.