A major honour for a poet who was born in Kitchener.
Heidi Sander's "How We Live On," has captured the International Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry. It's part of her collection, The Forest Of My Mind, which she completed in 2020.
The poem is described as moving and thought-provoking. It explores the strength of connection through generations: the persistent hope carried during war and immigration, the traditions that bind pain and beauty, and love that overrides everything.
"I am deeply touched by this piece. The language is fluid, impactful, and spare and the attention to sensory detail is divine. The voice is genuine and absolutely breaks my heart," Stacy R. Nigliazzo, prize judge and award-winning poet said in a news release. "I found myself haunted by it, returning again and again to the sanctuary of that sacred kitchen."
Poets from 19 countries submitted poems to the competition. The prize includes publication of "How We Live On," in the October issue of Prime Number Magazine, $1,000 (USD), and a Pushcart Prize nomination.
"I'm honoured that my poetry has received this kind of attention," Sander said. "This poem has deep meaning for me, with its particular references to my mom, who passed on a few years ago.”
Sander is currently working on another collection, as well as developing an online program to help other poets.