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Industry Prize, 2nd Place Winner: Inheritance by Ae Hee Lee

By Ae Hee Lee | October 23, 2019

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2019 Frontier Industry Prize, selected by Jeff Shotts, Sarah Gambito, and Kwame Dawes. Today, we have “Inheritance” by Ae Hee Lee— a moving exploration of heritage, of lands,…

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Poetry: Dream Bird by Erin Williamson

By Erin Williamson | October 18, 2019

Erin Williamson’s “Dream Bird” is an exceptional display by a new poet: a fantasy of warriors and  feathers, of getting lost in a landscape’s leering masculinity. “This is just a dream,” the speaker says. “So real. So real.”   Dream…

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Industry Prize, 3rd Place Winner: Twelve by Olatunde Osinaike

By Olatunde Osinaike | October 16, 2019

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2019 Frontier Industry Prize, selected by Jeff Shotts, Sarah Gambito, and Kwame Dawes. Today, we have “Twelve” by Olatunde Osinaike—a lovely poem of sorrow and blades and learning…

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Poetry: The Seven: An Occurrences Thereof by Marsha Larsen

By Marsha Larsen | October 11, 2019

“Beauty is life’s only holiness / And the widow sits calmly / Satisfied”—and we knew we were publishing this beautiful, moving poem from the talented Marsha Larsen. Sink in, enjoy.   The Seven: And Occurrences Thereof – for Felice 1.…

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Poetry: Here by Mónica Gomery

By Mónica Gomery | October 4, 2019

Mónica Gomery’s “Here” feels as if it must be a prose poem—the rolling sentences and stacked syntax reveal the enormity of what can’t be said, the enormity of trying to say what can’t be said. Touch the flowers at the memorial, instead.…

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Poetry: The Ballerina by Marisa Webster

By Marisa Webster | September 27, 2019

“The Ballerina,” by Marisa Webster, holds together with the glue of its own unmistakeable question: when does a ballerina stop being a ballerina? i.e. When does an identity become a story and no longer a lived reality? Through prosaic syntax…

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Poetry: The Fact of Things by Ja’net Danielo

By Ja'net Danielo | September 20, 2019

The musicality of “The Fact of Things” surprises—it’s skinny shape and journalistic voice bely a deep song about the fraught beauty of the world around us. Ja’net Danielo’s words firmly hold our gaze, right at the facts, at the bus…

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Poetry: Hypostasis by Triin Paja

By Triin Paja | September 13, 2019

“Hypostasis” soaks in mist, in daughters missing, in the mute colors of a dark and eager earth—in a few stanzas, Triin Paja peers into death and finds a violin. Listen to it sing:   Hypostasis Have you thanked God for…

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Poetry: Consistency by Sarah Carey

By Sarah Carey | September 6, 2019

Sarah Carey’s “Consistency” breaks itself on the idea of the love poem—what changes in marriage that changes love? what changes in ourselves? With wet and gripping imagery and a voice interrogative of all, Carey’s poem creates new, loving, meanings for…

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Poetry: Belonging by Ugonna-Ora Owoh

By Ugonna-Ora Owoh | August 30, 2019

Ugonna-Ora Owoh composes a world wherein bodies reign—holy and radiant, so much born and buried from the thighs and mouths of “Belonging.” Notice the black grazed elbows, the swallowed saliva, the forbidden appendage. Notice the holy love for the earthly…

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