Watermark, by Clayton T. Michaels, was the first-place winner of qarrtsiluni’s 2010 poetry chapbook contest, selected by Ken Lamberton. Watermark was simultaneously published in print and online. There also is a podcast available.
The images in Watermark are vivid and visceral; the writing superbly succinct; and that something extra — call it gravitas, call it cohesion — that makes a chapbook a work of art as well as a work of literature is present in each of these fine poems. —Pamela Johnson Parker, winner of the 2009 qarrtsiluni chapbook contest
Clayton T. Michaels is a teacher, poet and musician who currently resides in Granger, Indiana. He has been a featured poet at the online journal Anti-, and his poems have appeared in The Prism Review, Nerve Cowboy, >kill author, Makeout Creek, Slipstream, and The Chiron Review, among others. He currently teaches composition, creative writing, and comic book-related courses at Indiana University South Bend. An interview with Clayton on Watermark is online as podcast: inerview link.
As online literary magazines go, qarrtsiluni, at five years old, is positively venerable -- but retains the edginess, openness, vitality and editorial responsiveness that have set it apart from the beginning. In August, the journal published poems from all eleven finalists in its annual poetry chapbook contest: chapbook finalists. The current issue at qarrtsiluni is The Crowd, edited by Dave Bonta and Beth Adams, the managing editors of qarrtsiluni.
Clayton T. Michaels: Watermark
print + online + audio version
32 pages, 7.95$