New Writers Awards 2017: Molly Vogel


Molly Vogel is a poet from Thousand Oaks, California. She has been shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in Aesthetica, PN Review, and Zyzzyva, and a selection of her poems appeared in Carcanet’s New Poetries VI. She recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.


Writing Sample

T H E  L O V E S  O F  P L A N T S
I don’t remember my first brush with pollen, yet I’ve watched words flower sideways across your mouth.
—Elizabeth Willis
These stems are trembling, I pluck them
up. I have /ˈdʌbəljuː/’s rattling
in my mouth, the wind is
what caused them to bloom
a forsaken flower, the blood
of its dead lover. They cling too
closely to my tongue, stammering the stem
of the thing. The word is clanking:
anemone, anemone, anemone.


Molly says:

"I want to thank Scottish Book Trust for allowing me this opportunity to cultivate my poetry. Writing can be isolating; recognition even fewer and farther between. With that, I hope to make the most of a generous award and produce something of substance."