A Fairfield man’s poem has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Connecticut River Review’s poetry contest.

Jack Powers, a teacher of special education and English at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, won with his poem, “The Body.”

The winning poedm was described by judge Dennis Barone as “a poem of complexity and depth,” according to a Connecticut Poetry Society press release announcing the award. "At the same time it has immediacy and communicates a strong emotional feeling, especially through its narrative leading to an evocative final image.” Barone is a professor of English and American studies at University of St. Joseph.

Powers’ poems have also appeared in the Southern Review, Barrow Street, Rattle, Cortland Review, the Southern Poetry Review and elsewhere. He was a finalist in 2013 and 2014 for the Rattle Poetry Prize and winner of the 2012 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest. He is also a fellow of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield.

More of Powers’ poems can be found at www.jackpowers13.com/poetry .