I hear things really loudly these days


Screaming, shouting


Men without mouths,

Eyes without souls,

Lips without teeth,

Friends without hands,

Hands without hearts.

Everything has lost its weight.

Skin touching skin,

Has become a form of currency

An exchange for endorphins with no


We are floating

Gravity is just a memory.

Crashing into each other

Big Bang after Big Bang

Exploding, reforming, and drifting on.


Courtney Agnello’s poem “Loud” won first prize in the Fifth Annual School of Visual Arts Writing Program Contest. Courtney is a first-year student studying Graphic Design at SVA.