Dear God by Ethan Stebbins

Edition: 500 copies of the winning books were printed by the Prolific Group and designed by Gabriele Wilson, with covers by Jessica Nielsen.


Using the trope of god-as-absent-lover, or perhaps absent-lover-as-God, Dear God is an intimate, dizzyingly irreverent exploration of faith and desire, doubt and love, whose fourteen-line addresses call to mind Donne’s Holy Sonnets as well as the “terrible sonnets” of Hopkins.

—Kim Addonizio

Ethan Stebbins

Ethan Stebbins is a poet and stonemason from Maine. His poems have appeared in Poetry, FOLDER, The Los Angeles Review, The Hudson Review, Diode, Bellevue Literary Review, Best New Poets 2008, and other publications. He holds an M.A. in English and American Literature from New York University, where he received a fellowship from the New York Times Foundation for poetry.

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