Category Archives: William and Ivy Saylor Prize Winners

Established through the Academy of American Poets to support young poets at colleges nationwide. Given to the best piece of poetry during the academic year.

“Ancient Places” by John Uilkema

The William and Ivy Saylor Prize Winner (2018)

 

I stand underneath a monster of blood and necessity.
Moss strewn brick walls caress the edge of this maw.
The half-moon arch is wet with the drool seeping from above.
The she-beast stands among her brethren parting the land.
She has forever given her stolen milk to tail-biting children,
waiting at her end. She is life given form, martyr given name,
a siphon of life, and the object of my lust.

“The Stone” by John Uilkema

The William and Ivy Saylor Prize Winner (2018)

 

Perhaps you have seen that standing pillar?
The obelisk was carved with a thousand scars,
fortified against the wind and the rain.
Foliage around the ancient grove
sucks dry the blood of those who stay, unwary
of the danger this eldritch garden holds.

Aside the stone, upon the bed of moss,
an archaic chisel calmly waits. Sharper
than any user’s wit, the etching knife
will find a pristine owner in which
to reveal the truth of its grand design.
Prowess: for those who seek the blade.

Young one, grab hold the ancient carving blade,
find a blank spot, and etch old scars fresh again.

“Productivity” by Patrick Fox

Winner of the William and Ivy Saylor Prize 2016

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“First Week Wilderness” by Patrick Fox

Winner of the William and Ivy Saylor Prize 2016

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“Dropping Failure Not Out” by Patrick Fox

Winner of the William and Ivy Saylor Prize 2016

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“Sometimes I Just Think Too Much” by Darah Wolf

Winner of the William and Ivy Saylor Prize 2015

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“Adventure” by Patrick Fox

Winner of the William and Ivy Saylor Prize 2014

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“Youth” by Patrick Fox

Winner of the William and Ivy Saylor Prize 2014

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“Be a Man” by Patrick Fox

Winner of the William and Ivy Saylor Prize 2014

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