Category: Poetry




2021 OPEN Finalists: Part 3 of 3

Thank you for joining us on the journey through the OPEN winners! You can find Chaun Ballard’s winning poem here, and Part 1 of the finalists here, and Part 2 of the finalists here. For Part 3, we’re sharing work by…

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2021 OPEN Finalists: Part 2 of 3

Thank you for joining us on the journey through the OPEN winners! You can find Chaun Ballard’s winning poem here, and Part 1 of the finalists here. For Part 2, we’re sharing work by Kimberly Nguyễn, Emma De Lisle, and…

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2021 OPEN Finalists: Part 1 of 3

First, a sincere thank you to all the finalists for partnering with us. All of these poems deserve high praise. For Part 1, we’re sharing work by Sneha Subramanian Kanta, Christiane Jacox, and Kelly Weber. The pieces are diverse, arresting,…

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Poetry: Song by Ernest Ògúnyẹmí

In “song,” the speaker examines, through a vibrant musicality, the most profound and enigmatic moments in life, ultimately settling for and preferring to be “damned to beauty.”   song & what did we become by all our cunning, all our…

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Poetry: My Father by Ollie Schminkey

The speaker here celebrates the unbreakable bond of a child and father and then just as quickly mourns their sudden passing. A touching tribute piece to a father gone too soon.   My Father a contrapuntal: a poem where each…

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