Poetry. Winner of the 2009 New Issues Poetry Prize, selected by Marvin Bell. From Judge's Citation: "I was caught by the clarity of mind and expression of SKY=EMPTY--quality distinctive at any time. I was caught by the ear and eye, the tone of voice, and the easy movement between inner and outer. The respect for language is tangible. This is a beautiful, engaging first book."
"AT FIRST GLANCE, the title of Judy Halebsky's first book, Sky=Empty, might strike one as casually flippant. But, indeed, there is nothing flippant about this book. Its weight is grounded in a reality that encompasses cultural shifts, as well as poetic shifts in form, tone, and subject. In an age when books of poetry have become so monotonously "themed," Halebsky's main themes seem only to be freshness, originality, and an honest allegiance to diversity. One of the most engaging things about the book is the poet's wide array of linguistic turns and usages. Halebsky, a Canadian who has studied noh theatre, works to bridge a gap between Japanese and Western culture that is often overlooked. These poems are definitely not translations; they're realizations of a person whose life has spanned the Pacific Ocean."--Colin Pope "Front Porch Journal"