Deed, by Justin Wymer
DEED by Justin Wymer is the winner of the 2018 Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Award. D.A. Powell had this to say about it: “Justin Wymer's poems make a faith of longing, shedding clothes, body, chrysalis to commune deeply with the world. He takes his cues from winged things—angels, locusts, starlings, wasps—and lifts out over rivers, thickets, fields with one eye on terrestrial things and one eye on the open air. ‘My soul is a law, on fire, the kiss in the air before dragonflies fold their wings in vague human anguish.’ This is a magnificent, moving testament of living.” Wymer's work has appeared in such publications as Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, and Boston Review.
Justin Wymer was born and raised in West Virginia. A recipient of awards and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute, Academy of American Poets, Harvard Office for the Arts, and Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport, he is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is pursuing a Ph.D.