This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, we will be featuring the winners from last month’s flash contest, held in conjunction with the AWP festival in Portland. Entries were received in paper form during the three days of the book fair, and selected by our full editorial team.
You are some off-kilter sepia sky strewn
in sun and waves and rock, you couldn’t be
more original, could you? Time plus terrain May
1990 with no name—some hollow coordinate
in context, This paper a missing I can touch manufactured
by Kodak. And all I know is this: your wooden
oar, your rocky spores as the Hubble
sent its first photograph from space, your spraying
cold as a child may or may not have burnt lifeless
taking off in the Philippines, some faceless figure behind
the camera, the sun uncircled by Ulysses. These things left
in desk drawers. And I suppose I’ll keep
this sighing strip of somewhere, sighing
because it knows I can’t.
Emma DePanise’s poems are forthcoming or have appeared recently in journals such as Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, The National Poetry Review, Plume Poetry, Superstition Review and elsewhere. She is a 2019 winner of an AWP Intro Journals Award and the 2018 winner of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. She is an MFA candidate at Purdue University and is an editor at The Shore, an online poetry journal.