Saturday, August 13, 2011


Rob Jacques Wins the 2011 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award

Rob Jacques of Bainbridge Island, Washington has won the 2011 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award for his poem titled Wonders of the Invisible World, for which he received a cash prize of $100. His poem was chosen anonymously by the previous winner Sarah Machinak.

(photo by Ralph S. Spillinger)

Winner of the 2011 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award

Wonders of the Invisible World

Ah! Destructive Ignorance, what shall be done
to chase thee out of the world!—Cotton Mather

Gay and blind, he couldn’t see his sexual partners
and so “handsomeness” took on other meanings,
or rather became another esoteric, academic word
akin to “pulchritude,” “beautiful,” and “buff.”

“Gay” itself was problematic enough, flesh not knowing
any orientation besides the vertical and horizontal,
supine or prone, sex in that sense not much different
from masturbating alone, although he learned to cope,

for his ears still heard soprano, alto, tenor, baritone.
His nose smelled deodorant and soap, spiced cologne,
while his tongue tasted salt in sweat, metallic semen,
and the least bit of blood whose origins were unknown.

His hands felt muscle and fat, hairless and hirsute,
felt skin again and again uncovered against his own
without ever knowing its age or color, rolled nipples
never knowing whether they were for work or play.

He liked the warmth, the firm pressing of torsos,
the interlocking nakedness of slender legs and arms,
and never having seen man nor woman, he accepted
every bare body with its unique, secret charms.

Men and women spoke of him with kind emotion,
his willing nudity, unabashed and nonjudgmental,
his potency cheerily thrilling, and they considered
a pleasing notion that, in every sense, love is blind.

Copyright © 2011 by Rob Jacques.


Rob Jacques grew up in northern New England. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era and worked for 28 years as a technical writer for the federal government. He has taught technical writing at the college level, and his poetry has appeared in various literary journals, including Atlanta Review and Prairie Schooner. Jacques currently resides on Bainbridge Island in Washington State’s Puget Sound.

Honorable Mentions:

Tonight I Am My Lover
by Heather Barlett of Ithaca, New York.

Happy Anniversary
by Paul Lamar of Albany, New York.

The Feast Between Worlds
by Sandra H. Tarlin of Astoria, New York.

When It Gets Better
by Chuck Willman of North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Saturday, August 06, 2011


Short Story Award Deadline: 8/8/11 & New on ArLiJo

The Gival Press Short Story Award deadline is Monday, August 8, 2011, with a prize of $1,000.00 plus online publication.

For the details please click on this link:
Gival Press Short Story Award guidelines

For the latest on ArLiJo Issue 46, visit:

currently featuring:
Poetry by Howie Good and Anna Leahy
Fiction by Robert Wexelblatt

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