Archive for 2015 Contest Winners

The First Time (Lilacs) by Emily Arny Long

The First Time (Lilacs) by Emily Arny Long

My first time wasn’t supposed to be special. My first time was sticky and smelled faintly of lilacs, the scent floating through the breeze from the bush down the street and through the open window of the bathroom. The first time wasn’t special. I reached…

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Burnt Sugarland by Sophia Zdon

Burnt Sugarland by Sophia Zdon

My sister and I lock arms and sit knuckle-nosed on our porch, our legs splayed wide across the crooked wooden stairs, sunning our band-aid spattered knees. It’s a quiet day, the sun is shining high through hazy blue clouds mixed with intermittent rain. It’s one…

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Paper Doors by Helena Pak

Paper Doors by Helena Pak

He walks with a limp. He had ventured too far into a yard, unaware it was guarded ferociously by a golden dog with loud yaps and vicious teeth. He had gotten his prize though, a rare Korean pear: gold and smooth and sweeter than anything…

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Owls by Alex Bakhsh

Owls by Alex Bakhsh

When I was nineteen, my uncle turned into an owl. I had spent the last month walking and hitchhiking across the country. Starting in Michigan, I made my way down the Midwest before following the setting sun across Interstate 40. I remember watching the mile…

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Melancholia by Emily Rabinowitz

Melancholia by Emily Rabinowitz

A light cuffs my face. My skin falls to deadly tones of blue. Like waves of ocean devour the sand, it washes me away. Its shadow trails from my spine. I carry it like a worn woman lugs the dead weight of her bones, turning…

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Saudade by Erica Faundo

Saudade by Erica Faundo

The same bone bristled hands I kissed              dry and stretched thin by the many years your eyes watered over,              distilled as they were by the moonshine my heart lies half-awake in the dark              asking, what else are you hungry for? barely a stub of your…

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Wayne’s American Men by Fernando Snellings

Wayne’s American Men by Fernando Snellings

In the evening after the final performance, Tell me if the opening number disturbed you The way low hanging moons disturb Howling hounds and stargazers Their telescopes flooded with visions of men and cheese In the canyon over the bend The young men pluck the…

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The L Word by Joeun Lee

The L Word by Joeun Lee

THE L WORD BY JOEUN LEE   Prologue      My fingers have been hovering over the keyboard for months.  Sometimes the pencil in my hand attempted to write anything at all regarding my experience but I was unable to. I did not feel ready…

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The Best Adaptation Never Made: “How I Finally Lost My Heart,” A Short Story by Doris Lessing By Julia Anquier

The Best Adaptation Never Made: “How I Finally Lost My Heart,” A Short Story by Doris Lessing By Julia Anquier

It starts like this: a woman (the narrator) is in her home meditating about her love life. She talks about the men of her past (including in this category her father and brother), the difference between serious and silly loves. The whole line of thought…

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On Anne Sexton by Harris Bauer

On Anne Sexton by Harris Bauer

The action of reading straight through a collection of Anne Sexton’s poetry is a process of trial and error. After repeated attempts, one finds oneself falling straight through the text—its language too moist, like a piece of cake left soaking far too long in sweet…

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