Diction (a glossary of terms)
Next week, we will be announcing the shortlists of each category, as chosen by judges Zoe Whittall and Vivek Shraya.
My mother asks why I cry
I tell her the world is so sad so unfair so far too much
And my words are not enough
I cannot hold the tears back
So I fill buckets and lakes and moats
Everything’s late this year.
Nothing’s dissolved since my last visit to Waterloo—
an evening at the park staring at geese
and we took turns
pushing each other on swings,
pretending we were children.
today breaks open
in a sudden rain
on hot asphalt
every drop distills into
Lisa, the most beautiful cousin,
the 80s flip of dark blonde hair,
shiny cotton candy lip gloss,
tight striped sweater,
squeezing 7-year-old me in that Polaroid,
my wild curly ‘fro against her cheek,
she had an even, radiant smile,
while I was missing four teeth. With her,
I knew I could be beautiful too.
i wear my trauma
like a badge over my heart
an enamel pin that tells the world
i have seen hell, and i am still here
I was ten when I first felt brave enough to say,
"sometimes, I just feel like I want to go home...
but I don't know where home is"
Our 2017 Poetry Contest Honourable Mention.
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 2017 Poetry and Fiction Contests, as selected by our esteemed judges Jónína Kirton (poetry) and Sigal Samuel (fiction). Please join us in congratulating the authors!
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Edited by Leah Golob
In this issue:
Adèle Barclay, Joelle Barron, Nicole Breit, Mary Chen, Lucas Crawford, Jen Currin, Pamela Dodds, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Jess Goldman, hannah harris-sutro, Leah Horlick, Sam Jowett, Ness Lee, Annick MacAskill, Alessandra Naccarato, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Marika Prokosh, Amal Rana, Siobhan Roca Payne, Leah Sandals, Hana Shafi, Arielle Spence, Samantha Sternberg, Sanchari Sur, K.B. Thors, Corey Turner, Jackie Wykes.