Ted Mathys wins Cecil Hemley Memorial Award

Poet Ted Mathys, a part-time St. Louis resident and regular visitor to the Entertainment-Lit-Bio room (which he calls “the poetry room”), has won the 2013 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award for his poem “Vikings Did Not Have Horns on Their Helmets.” In her citation, Alice Notely describes how Mathys “reverses exhilaratedly”: this very clever poem will get you thinking about the little scraps of received wisdom, urban legend, and historical rumor you’ve picked up over the years. Mathys builds his own form of poetic knowledge even as he’s wrecking some dubiously familiar truths. I’ve already read “Vikings” twice and will be reading it several more times.

The award-winning poem can be read in its entirety at the Poetry Society of America’s website:



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Adult Services Provider and coordinator of the STL Scribblers group at Central Library in St. Louis, MO.
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