2019 Barren Poetry Contest Shortlist

Barren

Barren 1920 1440 Brittany Atkinson

[1st Place]   I’m pulling plump radishes by each sprouted head when my sister births my nephew, ivory crusted with blood. My swollen red bellies aborted from the soil leave…

To My Eldest at the Age of Burning

To My Eldest at the Age of Burning 1200 1600 Benjamin Cutler

[2nd Place]   “Pigs experience hope, which we know because if raised in decent conditions they anticipate that pleasurable things will happen to them.” -Barbara J. King, NPR.org   Header…

Order, Family, Genus, Species

Order, Family, Genus, Species 1920 1867 Kim Harvey

[3rd Place]   Sugar pine, Jeffrey pine, mottled bark with scent of vanilla and butterscotch, candy my grandfather ate. Monarchs will only eat milkweed, little blues only buckwheat or lupine.…

An Elegy for Opportunity

An Elegy for Opportunity 1920 1185 Courtney Tala

[Shortlist]   “NASA is giving silent Mars rover one last opportunity to respond before declaring it dead after 15 years.” – @APHealthScience   You were never built to last, they…

New Engine Desperado

New Engine Desperado 1920 1080 Helen Rear

[Shortlist]   Header photograph © Fabio Sassi.

Hazel, 16, Eats Blackberry Pie

Hazel, 16, Eats Blackberry Pie 1920 1280 Sara Cassidy

[Shortlist]   The house is tucked in. Lights off, doors locked, curtains sealed, shoes subdued. I’m in bed reading Coetzee who, as my sister says, always leaves you suicidal. Hazel’s…

Space Travel & Animals: Super Bowl III, Jets vs. Colts, Sunday, January 12, 1969

Space Travel & Animals: Super Bowl III, Jets vs. Colts, Sunday, January 12, 1969 1549 1600 H.E. Fisher

[Shortlist]   Dad says, The Jets are the underdog. He & my three brothers form a defensive line in front of the black & white television set. I am nine,…

at a bougie restaurant in manhattan with five of your best friends

at a bougie restaurant in manhattan with five of your best friends 1920 1080 Courtney Tala

& one god damned taco will cost fourteen dollars & sometimes it’ll be worth it but tonight     it will not so you’ll drink your hunger instead & at…

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