Rattle Magazine: The Neil Postman Award for Metaphor
We established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor in honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003. The intention of the award is simple and two-fold: to reward a given writer for their use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and, hopefully, propagate) Postman's work and the typographical mind.
Each year, the editors choose one poem that was published from regular submissions to Rattle during the previous year. There are no entry fees or submission guidelines involved. The author of the chosen poem receives $2,000.
by Prairie Moon Dalton
Georgia was hot and she was so small
she slept inside a dresser drawer.
Hair like gossamer, legs like a bird's.
When she was eight a movie was eight
cents. When she was eight she watched
her brother kill her sister
with a metal license plate.
Now she is flesh folded heavy
against a chair, TV flashing
pale on the trailer's walls.
Her pictures, pills, jewelry
surrounding her like treasure.