2014 - 2015
“BEST of ISSUE” WINNER
($500 scholarship prize)
Glass cannot transcend back into sand no matter for how many
infinities it shatters. The mangled throats breathe through gaps
between teeth, sewn into gums with gossamer thread.
Argent poniards sing antediluvian gospel hymns of ebony husks-
ivory rib-cage birdbaths of scintilla faith.
This is your captain speaking:
here to create talismans out of martyrs-
the somber nectar from acacia ringlets christened by crimson ink,
dropping birds with bursting hearts.
Ya'aburnee! You bury me
under ethereal embers of pyrrhic faith. We
are open flesh wounds poised with gnarled
teeth, wistful epidermis of nebulae demise.
Aqualungs crumble like diaphanous avenues;
pressed flowers always have ashen blood.
Cypress veins tart like green apples, we only see
by lissome fingertips, reading braille in
Claudia Kania, IL, Reavis High School
“EDITOR’S CHOICE” WINNER
($100 scholarship prize)
Stanzas to Rahila
Rahila, I beg of you
save me from my desert.
The words are sand slipping from my fingers-
floating away- to trap me in their
Rahila, they say you burned yourself after they took your words away.
I can picture it clearly. The blue, the broken pots, the yellow haze.
I will mourn for you.
I will bring you out of the desert.
Rahila, the shadows slip from my grasp and
nothing protects me from the sharp gaze of the midday sun.
I burn with thirst,
my cracked lips taste blood when
I dream of the sea.
Rahila, sometimes I dream the desert is an ocean
and the sand rolls in cooling waves to bathe me-but-
when my vision blurs with red and I hit the gritty rock,
I know I am landlocked.
Shaloni Pinto, AZ, Xavier College Prep
All Other Certified Winners Summer 2015
Harika Kottakota, CA, Burbank Sr HS
Benji Robie, NC, Durham School of the Arts
Marina E. Rancourt, NY, Watertown High School
Christina Henry, TN, St Agnes Academy
Oscar Smith, KS, Homeschool
Dalton Patterson, CA, Ladera Ranch
Abigail Bartman, SC, Heathwood Hall
Fatou Sidibe, RI, Moses Brown School
Yaneli Estrada, CA, MSTMA
Natalie Walrath, IL, Benet Academy
Ellie Ungar, WA, Interlake High School
Kristyn Rohrer, PA, Hempfield High School
Chen Pekker, WA, Bellevue High School
Amanda C. Ochu, TX, Pflugerville High School
Eric Jasso, GA, Winder-Barrow High School
Audrey Spensley, OH, Avon Lake High School
Julia (Yulia) Maliauka, CA, Homeschool
Jessenia Class, NJ, Union High School
Alyssa Mingo, FL, Treasure Coast High School