Winners from December 17, 2010

1st Place: Colors for Amos by Keayva Mitchell
This long-style poem by Mitchell is an extended sensory journey through the process of suffering and death. The reader is left, to some extent, to gather what sort of death Mitchell intends here, but that adds to the richness and vitality of the piece. Mitchell employs extensive use of colors--thus the titling--but provides enough whimsical concrete description to ground their use. The result is a paradoxically dreamy and dark read.
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2nd Place: Untitled by Sara Balabanlilar
Balabanlilar explores this week's optional prompt ("Featured Item: Apple") in this brief but breathy poem. She hits all the high notes--from the interplay of power as embodied by the female body, to the dance of seduction highlighted with references that would make Shakespeare himself blush. This poem is a delicious, delightful rumination on the power of this symbol in Western literature. Enjoy!
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