Poet’s Spotlight Excerpts

  • 2017 Fall Contest Winner: 2nd Place, New Poets

    Cosmonaut’s Lament


    Above her head

    the stars,

    bleary in their watchfulness


    Under her feet

    black offal,

    of metal tang and smoke and char


    Contrails unspool like strands of hair in zero G

    and the cosmonaut thinks of

    earthbound tidepools


    little pockets of life

    where there should be no life


    Of her sweetheart, unclasping

    a locket notched at her throat

    when she sees a burning line unzip the sky


    Of her ...

  • 2017 Fall Contest Winner: 1st Place, New Poets

    Disturbance Theory

    at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest

    Judge’s comments

    I thought a lot about meaning as I read these poems. I thought about how language creates meaning, how humans create language, and how, despite how frail the letters words are made of, how inadequate the sounds of words are to represent the wide world, still ...

  • 2017 Fall Contest Winner: 3rd Place, Theme–Current Events

    The Greatest Show on Earth

    Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, 1919–2017


    Grandma said the circus came to town

    by train, paraded through the streets to the fairgrounds


    tigers in horse-drawn cages, clowns, a man on stilts,

    a brass band, acrobats in spangled costumes;


    the children tugged at their parents’ hands

    to the fairground, where the Big Top was hoisted


    by elephants. In ...

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