Cheswayo Gabriel Mphanza · Middlebury College · Honorable Mention in Poetry
Hell, I been cold before. Black folk always been cold
Parke Haskell · Bennington College
You tried to get me wet for thirty months—I was too busy not eating to notice. Did you know— this page was once a humming tree?
Clare Mao · Grinnell College
Open water at dawn, and I can think of nothing else but you.
Paolo Yumol · Oberlin College
It all has to come from somewhere; the manhole vapor, the broken melodies, the shambling vagrants pulled out of the dark like knotted ribbons from a magician’s cloak.
Drew Dean · Susquehanna University · Honorable Mention in Poetry
The birch crescent passes the sea’s fingertip into Belfast Bay, an eddy of pitch pine and flotsam.
Molly McGinnis · American University
We are standing on a street in Manhattan. The traffic light: cinched red lips.
Grayling Bauer · Bard College
BIRTH is a SEVERE LIMITATION
Xandria Phillips · Oberlin COllege
vets have successfully installed frog lungs into a goldfish/ I read this news on a blog
Christine Guaragno · Susquehanna University
The first time Marie Elaine was struck by lightning, she was already married to ChaCha. She was pulling his service shirts from the line, her fingers holding onto the clothespins like beads of her rosary.
Talin Tahajian · University of Cambridge
I find you swimming, cheeks flushed