Ice Children, a collection of poems by Edward Harkness, was selected by judge Michael Meyerhofer as runner-up for the Split Lip Press Uppercut Chapbook Awards. In the words of Meyerhofer on Harkness work: Taut one moment, hilarious the next, Ed Harkness poems readily demonstrate the sheer, imaginative range of narrative poetry.
Sometimes, they tighten their focus on seemingly common objects and events: the sound of frogs, the humor of nurses. Other times, they widen their lens to take in the whole, breathtaking cosmos. In all instances, though, they maintain a striking sense of humanity, offering up a kind of grace that our species may not quite deserve, but sorely needs.