Looking back over a year of publishing to choose Arc’s Pushcart Prize nominees was not an easy thing. It was more than just ferreting out our few most- favourite pieces from the three issues Arc published in 2018 (Arcs 85, 86 and 87)–more than 400 pages in total. Since Arc already publishes only the best work from emerging and established poets that we have had the privilege to see, we had to ask even more of these six poems by five authors.
Fady Joudah for “Dream” and “Sometimes Listening is a Kind of Suture” (2 poems)
Philip Metres for “Three Returns” (1 poem)
Thank you to Doyali Islam, Arc’s Poetry Editor, for her work on these issues and these nominations. Thank you as well to our nominated authors, our dedicated staff,volunteer Board Members, and submission readers, and to all the poets and readers who engage with Arc and make this magazine possible.