To read Eric Dovigi’s ProForma Prize-winning piece, download “Here Is a List of Words I Prefer.”
Eric Dovigi lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. His work can be found online at: Grist, Hobart, Waxwing, Sourland Mountain Review, Universidad de Madrid’s JACLR, and elsewhere.
Judge Alex Lemon writes of Dovigi’s “Here Is a List of Words I Prefer”: From beginning to end, “Here is a list of words I prefer” is an expression of full-throated joy: it is a lyrical exploration/ explosion with manifold pleasures. Electric in its deepening, expressive movements—from “yelwe orca crustacean grass burgundy” to “I’m a google search away from a final cynicism,” to the delightful, intellectually vibrant, and emotionally palpable—it is a piece of writing humorous and wise and human. Its graceful modulation of tone allows it a splendored use of both text and image. The suppleness of mind behind it makes the writing leap and plumb, to be beautiful and strange and confess while always, always celebrating.
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