The nominations for the Pushcart Prize for 2022

Score for a Hot Night in August by Mary Jo Balistreri

Gemini by Sharmagne Leland-St. John   

Last Word by Wesley Sims

The Scent of Rain by Kathy Cotton

Where First Memories Were Formed by Carolyn Chilton Casas
In a World of Turmoil by Mary Jo Balistreri



Acceptance by Maralee Gerke

Alice Encounters a White Rabbit by Paul Buchheit

Black Water Suite by Lenora Rain-Lee Good

Deep Autumn Provoked Deep Longing by Bing Hua, Translated by Yingcai Xu

Everything Is Walking On Your Heart by Claire Scott

The Fairy Floss of Plum Island by MFrost Delaney

The Green Boat  by Sharmagne Leland-St.John

Hands by Miriam Aroner

In the Arid Air of Winter by Paulette Demers Turco

In the Botanical Gardens by Ingrid Anderson

Last Plum Island Wave by Michael Escoubas

Late Winter by Nancy Cummins Bierman

The Love Passed Down by MFrost Delaney

Love: Chance or Choice?  by Jane Lang

Love Me Tender by Candace Turner

Marriage Vow by Karen Loeb

'Midst Green Grass and Dew-steeped Flowers by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Milkweed Trail  by Candace Armstrong

A Mother and Her Son by Paulette Demers Turco

Ode to A Writer’s Retreat by Elayne Clift

Putin’s Daughter by Candace Armstrong

Return by Sheri Lindner

Rosemary and Roux by Robert Beveridge

Sestina of Blue Shoes by Karen Melander Magoon

Sunset on Plum Island by Paulette Demers Turco

Watchman by B.J. Buckley

What I Would Have Missed by Gillian Nevers

Honourable Mention:


Absent and Present by Rodica Stan

Admit by David Whyte

After Mother Remarried by Wilda Morris

After Viewing Kerouac’s Original Scroll  by Christine Swanberg

Alice Encounters a White Rabbit by Paul Buchheit

A Postcard from Lanzarote by Annie Jenkin

Aria by Sharmagne Leland-St.John

A Sailor’s Lament by Lynne Hjelmgaard

Ask Me, Dear Heart, about Death and Dying by Carole Mertz

At Home Among Friends by Michael Escoubas

At the Edge by Helga Kidder

Austrian Retreat by MFrost Delaney

Beneath the Taos Sky by Michael Escoubas

Bequest, by Melanie Claire Blinn Eulberg

Between Stone and Cloud by Greg Gregory

Boathouse at Otto’s Landing at End of Season by Michael Escoubas


Christmas Morning by Sheri Lindner

Construction of a Pie  by Judy Clarence

Contented Rescue by Tobi Alfier
Covers  by Greg Gregory

Cycle by Shakira Croc


Da Capo Al Fine by Maja Trochimczyk

Dawn by Michael Escoubas

Deep Snow  by Richard Greene

Desperate Beauty by Gail Goepfert

Dog Days  by t. wagner


Equinox by KB Ballentine


Faith by Paulette Demers Turco

February’s Rose The Sunflower by Bing Hua

Fifth and Morrison, 1927 by Judy Clarence

Fly Away Woman by Lenora Rain Lee-Good

Fragrance of a Friend by Scott Shaffer


The Geometry of Faith by Lois Parker Edstrom

Global Warming in the Galápagos Lucille Lang Day
The Golden Time of Honey by Maja Trochimczyk
Great Lake Shore in Winter by D.R. James

The Green Boat by Sharmagne Leland-St.John\


Hallstatt by Sharmagne Leland-St.John

Her Sax Man by Sharmagne Leland-St.John

If I Could Lunch with Frida I’d Tell Her Why

Ingrid Loves White Orchids by Wilda Morris

In the Garden Shed by Paulette Demers Turco

In the Room of the Impressionists by Andrea Potos

I Pick Up an Acorn and Put It in My Pocket by Wilda Morris

Is Anyone There? by Claire Scott

I’ve dreamed of trees . . . by Paulette Demers Turco


Joseph’s Coat Rose–Triolets for Mom by Melanie Claire Blinn Eulberg


Kindness in Wintern by Sally Nacker


Leave It Raw by Shakira Croce

Let Morning Come by Paulette Demers Turco

Lingering Memories  by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Listening to Gwendolyn Brooks by Kate Hutchinson


Maine Boulders by Scott Shaffer

Mariposa Monarca by Pilar Quintana

Marriage Vow by Karen Loeb

Memories of Michael by Candace Turner

Messenger of Joy by Annie Jenkin

The Milk Room by Marcel Duclos

Mineral Healing by Melanie Claire Blinn Eulberg

Missing by MFrostDelaney

Missing by Paulette Demers Turco

Mojave by Greg Gregory

Morning Glories by Paulette Demers Turco


New England's First Chill by MFrost Delaney
Night Snow by Sally Nacker

October Contentment by MFrost Delaney

Ode to the Lighthouse at Charlevoix by Michael Escoubas

Ode to El Camino de Santiago by James Green

Ornaments by MFrost Delaney

Painting Gramma’s Nails by Michael Escoubas

Passages by Vaughn Neeld

Picasso Died this Morning by William Marr

Pilgrimage to Mont-Sainte-Victoire by Mary Jo Balistreri

Prairie Grass in Sunlight by Michael Escoubas


Rainy Season by Bill Marr

Reclaiming the Aura by MFrostDelaney
Reflections by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Rembrandt’s Questions by Scott Shaffer


The Scent of Rain by Kathy Cotton
Sea of Sighs by Candace Turner

Seeking on Hollow’s Eve by MFrost Delaney

Sixtieth by Greg Gregory

Snowfall  by Richard Greene

Solitaire by Carolyn Chilton Casas   

Springing Back by Melanie Claire Blinn Eulberg

Starter Angels by Michael Maul

Summer Acrobats by Annie Jenkin


Thanksgiving Dinner by Wilda Morris

The Potting Shed by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Tuscany 2019 by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Sheri Lindner


The Unraveling by KB Ballentine

Visiting the Graves by Andrea Potos

Walk in Beauty  (hozho naasha) by Sharmagne Leland-St.John
Weather Coming by Vaughn Neeld

We Heard the Cicadas Sing  by Victor Riehl

When Apple Blossoms Arrive by Don Kimball

Where I Come From by Mary Jo Balistreri
Why I Became Black Dragon Canyon by Nancy Takacs

 Widow's Weeds by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Winter Stillness by Gretta Barclay

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