Exploring the Edges of Contemporary Poetry

Exceptional Poetry From Around the Web: September 2023

Hello, everyone! Cavar here, to bring you my second entry into the Exceptional Poetry archives (find the first one here, in case you missed it) I’m here to bring you four more poems (well…in this case, more than four; you’ll…

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Poetry: Catching by Arah Ko

Alight with a sense of intergenerational connection, Arah Ko’s “Catching” enters its speaker’s childhood and expands into a pursuit of a family history—“a long line of flame-mongers”—and resistances. Moving the reader through sharply woven couplets that blend past and present,…

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The 2023 Breakthrough Chapbook Contest — Winner and Finalists!

Please join us in congratulating Kathryn Hargett-Hsu, winner of the 2023 Frontier Breakthrough Chapbook Contest. Hargett-Hsu’s manuscript was selected by Kemi Alabi and will be published in spring 2024. And congratulations to our outstanding finalists and longlisters! We’re confident we’ll…

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Read Our Award Winning Chapbooks

Opportunity Cost

read and download our 2021 Chapbook Contest winner

selected by Kazim Ali

// by Abby Johnson //


read and download our 2020 Chapbook Contest winner

selected by Carl Phillips

// by Frederick Speers //

Shadow Black

read and download our 2019 Chapbook Contest winner

selected by Jericho Brown

// by Naima Tokunow //

How Often I Have Chosen Love

read and download our 2018 Chapbook Contest winner

selected by Joshua Roark

// by Xiao Yue Shan //

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