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“Four Winds Field” (Issue One) – 2017 Best of the Net Finalist

Craig Finlay

The Best of the Net Anthology is a yearly collection organized by Sundress Publications that seeks to showcase the best poetry, fiction, and non-fiction published online over the past year. The Anthology has been operating for 12 years, with the first edition published in 2006.

Craig Finlay was the first brave soul to submit poetry for consideration for our inaugural issue back in April of 2017. And “Four Winds Field” was the start of Finaly’s submission. First submission, first poem read, first poem of Issue One, and recognition by the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology. Something about all that just feels right, ya know?

Read the poem in full below:


Four Winds Field

Take the burnt man collecting
cigarette ends along Michigan.
I find elegance in simple routine.

He found a mostly unsmoked
Camel. And put it in a Ziploc.
A collection, like logs jammed
against a bridge in a flood.

Craig Finlay lives in South Bend, Indiana, where he spends most of his time being a librarian. His poems have appeared, or are upcoming​,​ in The Beloit Poetry Journal, After the Pause, The Blue Mountain Review and Five: 2 One, among others.