Monthly Archives: April 2014

“What Can You Pen?” Poetry Honorable Mention

Aquaphiles by Luke Moran A rain of pool water smothers the grass as the adults gather around umbrella­tents to gulp down cocktails. My foot is still cramped from letting it linger on the metal ladder too long. I gaze down at the growing mix of chlorine and chlorophyll that settles in the lawn. They want me to meet them on the other side, the birthday boy and company, half with hair stained green from too much exposure. They’re starting pool games soon: Dylan with his goggles askew, and Alice says “Why not?” and me, still clinging to the wall. (I don’t answer, but rather keep hold of the mental tether that stops me from floating off into the deep end.) Still, we’re all aquaphiles in a sense, whether it’s want or need that guides us. (A cocktail­mix of friends, some risk of suffocation.) A rush of fluid up the nose. I sigh, and involuntarily inhale the essence of all being. In this shelter of sociability, dazed and invaded we learn to love and fear what we mostly are. Advertisements

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“What Can You Pen?” Second Place Poetry Prize

Serve by Anna Chen I am here with unwatered time anxious leisure, pleasure meter dropping seizure of dreams in a green bottle I got from the corner shop Each day each dream it seems the seams are ripping in my … Continue reading

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First place winners will be published in Westwind‘s quarterly journal.  by Jacob Jarecki  Wine ought to do the trick Easing the nerves With a swallow of shame And yet a Whine knots my stomach Flowing ablaze From my mouth open taut … Continue reading

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“What Can You Pen” Second Place Prose Prize

Why Not College? By Michael Gaulden I wrestled with the Mexican boy. I had him in a headlock and continued punching him in the face. He swung madly, occasionally grazing my head. I looked up to see another approaching and … Continue reading

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“What Can You Pen?” First Place Prose Prize

First place winners will be published in Westwind‘s quarterly journal.  The Airman By Hannah Hogen  There was one time in middle school where the teacher gave us all this research assignment. He wanted us to do a write-up on a part … Continue reading

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Day 16

The Prompt: Find a friend. Decide together exactly what kind of poem you are both going to write, from the subject matter, to the form, to any details you think are relevant. Then, write your poems separately. Share. Marvel at how … Continue reading

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Day 14

The prompt: try writing in a form you’ve never tried before. If you can’t think of one or find one that interests you, try an alphabet poem. 

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