Fiametta Grows Old

Peter LaBerge was this year’s Emma Gray Trigg Memorial winner. His winning poem, “Makeshift Cathedral,” is not available to us, however, as it is slated for publication in the Winter 2017 issue of Pleiades. Here’s what Peter has to say about it: “Makeshift Cathedral” is the title poem of my second chapbook manuscript, forthcoming from […]

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Amiga

AMIGA Girls in white dresses press toward us wherever we go in this Mayan village, deep in the steamy jungle of the Yucatan. The white brightens against their black hair and almond skin, against orchid petals emblazoned across neck and hem. They surround us, waving embroidered handkerchiefs — a swarm of butterflies that might have […]

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frontispiece

    The Annual Contest Winners Journal of the Poetry Society of Virginia issue #1, 2016 Editor: Derek Kannemeyer Web Design: Jeff Hewitt 2016 Contest Committee: Lauvonda Lynn Young Guy Terrell Derek Kannemeyer Anne Whitelaw Poetry Virginia Review 2016 Contributor Bios: Judges Contributor Bios: Winners 1. Edgar Allan Poe Memorial: Winner | Second Place 2. […]

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The Last Word

  THE LAST WORD The editor would like to repeat his expression of thanks to all who helped make the 2016 Poetry Society of Virginia Poetry Contest, the 2016 Contest Ceremony, and this 2016 contest journal possible. So listen up, 2016 contestants and contest judges; and hey, there, especially you, you winners and judges who […]

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Two Bus Poems

TWO BUS POEMS Riders, #3 Mostly we just trusted the bus. Gave into that half-dreamt state of waiting. The mind could be like a botched spackle job. Or an unremarkable weather front, a spring wind thick-fingering the trees. Sometimes it was its own ambitious geography. Sometimes it was all these and its own going forth: […]

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