Poetry. IF WE HAD A LEMON WE'D THROW IT AND CALL THAT THE SUN by Christopher Citro was chosen by Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis as the winner of the 2019 Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Award. Lee Upton had this to say about it: "In Christopher Citro's IF WE HAD A LEMON WE'D THROW IT AND CALL THAT THE SUN, the kinetic, continually surprising lines of poems contend with the largest questions. The poem title 'An Emergency Every Day of the Week' suggests the sense of threat that veers through these poems in the midst of their bracing comic energy. For Citro, so much depends on the angle at which we view our experiences. Musing on our daily disarrangements and the ways we attempt to lower the temperature on our worry barometers, he makes wildly inventive, exciting, vital poems, working sideways to reveal what we really ought to see at last."
Christopher Citro is the author of The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy (Steel Toe Books, 2015). His honors include a Pushcart Prize for poetry, Columbia Journal's poetry award, and a creative nonfiction award from The Florida Review. His poems appear widely in literary magazines and journals such as American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, and Alaska Quarterly Review. His writing has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2014, New Poetry from the Midwest 2019, and Best Microfiction 2020. He teaches creative writing at SUNY Oswego and lives in sunny Syracuse, New York. Author City: CAMILLUS, NY USA