Powers won with his poem, “Counting” described by judge Jeff Mock as “an intelligent, moving meditation on celebrity and the misspent life and also on the glory of simply living, whether we spend our days well or not.”
“The language, direct and graceful, presents the speaker’s observations simply and concisely, and that is part of the beauty of this poem because its subject is multifaceted and expansive,” added Mock, who is a poet and professor in the masters of fine arts (MFA) program at Southern Connecticut State University.
Powers, a long-time Fairfield resident, teaches special education and English at Joel Barlow High School in Redding. His poems have appeared in Rattle, Cortland Review, Inkwell, Poet Lore and elsewhere, and he was the 2005 CCTE Poet of the Year and the 2008 NEATE Poet of the Year. He is also a fellow of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield.
Powers will be the featured reader at The Studio Around the Corner in Brewster, N.Y., on Feb. 9. To view his poems, visit jackpowers13.com/poet.