From Issue Nine’s list of Pushcart nominations comes truly stupendous news: Rick Barot’s “UDFj-39546284” is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize! This poem, a gorgeous rendering of human distance—as vast as the cosmos, into which our “seeing and non-seeing” cedes empathy only in hindsight—was a pleasure to read and publish. We’re extraordinarily proud that, soon, others will be able to enjoy this poem as much as we do!
Barot’s piece will appear in next year’s issue of The Pushcart Prize XLIII: Best of the Small Presses (2019). Find more of Barot’s work on his website; or, you can learn more about Issue Nine of Arroyo.