Boy with Flowers, Ely Shipley


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Barrow Street 2007 Prize Winner

Ely Shipley’s Boy with Flowers won The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry at The Publishing Triangle’s 2009 Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards at the New School in New York City, on May 7, 2009.


Of camouflage, of appearance versus reality, of that darkness out of which
we hope to draw forth a self we can recognize as our own—these are
among the concerns of these beautifully eerie poems that over and over
purport to navigate one space even as they carry us to spaces the poems
themselves seem startled to have arrived at.
—Carl Phillips