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Pablo Miguel Martínez Wins the 6th Annual Oscar Wilde Award-2007

Gival Press is pleased to announce that Pablo Miguel Martínez of San Antonio has won the 6th Annual Oscar Wilde Award for his poem entitled At the Pentecostal Baths.

Pablo Miguel Martínez received a cash prize of $100.00 and his poem is posted below.

In addition, in 2008 his poem will appear in the anthology Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, which will include the top poems entered in the contest.


Winner of the 2007 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award

At the Pentecostal Baths by Pablo Miguel Martínez of San Antonio, Texas.

Honorable Mentions: The Master of the Sauna by Brian Cronwall of Kapa\’a, Hawaii.

When My Brothers Fell by Raymond Berry of Muskegon, Michigan.

Eve\’s Garden by Martha Marinara of Orlando, Florida.

Two River Girls by Ching-In Chen of Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

My Sister, the Drag Queen by Michael Montlack of New York, New York.

Winner of the 2007 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award by Pablo Miguel Martínez of San Antonio, Texas.

At the Pentecostal Baths

Tactile, yes. In total darkness, yes. As if eclipsed. As on his lips. As if in secret retreat, finding his way, eagerly. Yes.

A room filled with men, yes. Lightness years away. He waits for the coming of the Paraclete,

a proper businessman, yes, on his knees, imploring, waits for ecstasy, yes. Glory revealed in silver-

dollar holes. Halos, yes. Come with thy grace and heavenly aid, he begs.

There are no tongues of flame. Is this how it ends? This is how it ends, yes.

Copyright © 2007 by Pablo Miguel Martínez.

Biography: Pablo Miguel Martínez\’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including Americas Review, BorderSenses, Comstock Review, and the San Antonio Express-News. In 2005 he was a recipient of the prestigious Chicano/Latino Literary Prize, and in 2003 he received an award from the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation. Martínez teaches English at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

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