Nutrition Facts by Ian Williams

 One of us cuts a banana into cereal
with the edge of a spoon and the other reads the side
of the Bran Flakes box.
Might not look like love -- Might not love look like
this? No boy plunging headlong from the sky,
no star-shaped marshmallow.
 But a kiss on the forehead,
the string of a banana still on the lip, goodbye.

From Personals © Ian Williams, 2012. Used by permission of Freehand Books (an imprint of Broadview Press).

Canadian Shortlist:

What's the Score by David W. McFadden | Sailing to Babylon by James Pollock | Personals by Ian Williams

International Shortlist:

Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems by Fady Joudah/Ghassan Zaqtan | Liquid Nitrogen by Jennifer Maiden | Night of the Republic by Alan Shapiro | Our Andromeda Brenda Shaughnessy