Posted May 31, 2018.

2018 Spring Contest Winner: 3rd Place, Theme–Borders and Boundaries

Something There Is

by Kim Hamilton


They plead latitude

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hand the map of scars



folded in your lap

at crossing

the green skin


was a prayer

you made with your feet

and stayed there.




Judge’s comments

I was drawn to the category, Borders and Boundaries, because it is a subject that I ponder often and I often have lived in between places: countries, regions, cultures. These poems didn’t disappoint. The poets explored a lot of ground, figuratively and literally. And it was fun to explore with them.  The poems that really stuck with me were those that took me someplace. Third place “Something There Is” just wouldn’t let go and had me caught between perfect clarity and then that thing you see from the corner of your eye.

—M. E. Hope




Kim Hamilton has published in Spillway, Switched-On Gutenberg, DMQ Review, and Raven Chronicles. In 2014, her collaboration with artist Carolyn Krieg, Visitation, was published. Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Kim Hamilton holds an MFA from Warren Wilson and writes, edits and teaches poetry in Southern Oregon.

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