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The Belle Mar by Katie Bickham won the 2014 Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize. Contest judge Alicia Ostriker says, “What is The Belle Mar? It is a big southern house that has stood from slavery times to now, as generations of white and black people have passed through it. Katie Bickham has created time–time passing through the voices of slave owners and their families, blacks and theirs, children, soldiers, old men, pregnant women, human cruelty and compassion and justice and courage remaining the same while the world changes. She has also drawn thumbnail portraits of some of the most memorable individual characters you’ll ever meet. Some of these poems may rip your heart out, others may cause it to expand. This is an extraordinary book.”