Weatherbox by Timothy Geiger is the winner of Cloudbank's 2019 Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize. Starting with a Charles Wright quote that emphasizes taking a hard look at one's surroundings, poems in Weatherbox look deep into both the rush of everyday experience and the ruins of memory. From “the hammered grace/ of a goldfinch mid-air” to “the bare foot-trails/ furrowed beneath/ the abandoned swingset” the imagery and imagination in these poems become prayers, or stories, or meditations, striving for the hardest answers from the forces that drive our common humanity.
Timothy Geiger is the author of two other poetry collections, The Curse of Pheromones (Main Street Rag Press, 2008) and Blue Light Factory (Spoon River Poetry Press, 1999). He is also the author of nine chapbooks. His poems have received a Pushcart Prize and a Holt, Rinehart & Winston Award in Literature. Along with his work on the award-winning Aureole Press, he teaches Creative Writing, Poetry, and courses in Book Design at the University of Toledo. He lives in Ottawa Hills, Ohio.