Winner of the 2018 Cosmographa Chapbook Contest

Poems for the Camel by John Barrale

Was there a golden age before words

when prayers exactly matched

the howling of the soul?

(A time when time had no seams

and height was up, and depth down,

when we could crane our necks

and see heaven’s walls,

and our faces

mirrored in the sunlit wings

of angels—

-from the poem "Saint Anne de Beaupre" by John Baralle



Cosmographia is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Cosmographia Books Chapbook Prize.


"Poems for the Camel"

To be published in May 2018

and winner of the $250 prize


Dreamscapes, warrior moths with a Shakespearean proclivity, ancient Egyptian boy kings, talking trees and a talking house. Reader beware! Between these covers you’ll find this along with mythology re-imagined, or invented, and personal recollections from a life perhaps not well spent but assuredly well lived. 


John Barrale’s poems and flash fiction have been published in numerous online and print publications. Most recently, his work has appeared in Unrorean, East Meets West—American Writers Review, Icon, Narrative Northeast, Pidgeonholes, Passager, Sensations Magazine, Molotov Cocktail, and the Cosmographia Poem of the Month. Along with five other “Gang of Five” members, John hosts and curates a monthly poetry reading series called "The Red Wheelbarrow" at The William Carlos Williams Center in Rutherford, NJ.

In 2012, John joined the volunteer staff of “The Rutherford Red Wheel Barrow” poetry anthologies as one of its two managing editors. He is also managing editor of “The Red Wheelbarrow Poem of the Week” anthologies.

John was born in New York City in 1949, and attended C.U.N.Y community colleges earning a B.A. in English Literature graduating in 1971. Since 1978 John has lived in New Jersey and is currently working hard at being retired, spending most of his tome time writing, reading, and hiking in the U.S. and Canadian national parks.

John Barrale will be debuting his new book, Poems for the Camel, on May 12th at the Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC's Greenwich Village.

He will also be reading on May 18th at the Gainville USA Cafe in Rutherford, NJ.

Follow @cosmographiabks on twitter for updates, and check out our calendar for more upcoming event.s

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