Warner James Wood
A game of hold ‘em

Warner James Wood - A game of hold ‘em

Contest - 3rd Place
Warner James Wood graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology before completing his MFA in poetry… Read more »
Eleanor Stanford
November, your metal teeth

Eleanor Stanford - November, your metal teeth

Contest - 2nd Place
Eleanor Stanford is the author of two collections of poetry, Bartram’s Garden and The Book of Sleep. Her poems and… Read more »
Terri Trespicio
The Rules of Boxball

Terri Trespicio - The Rules of Boxball

Contest - 1st Place
Terri Trespicio is a New York–based writer, speaker, and branding expert. A former senior editor and radio host at Martha… Read more »

A game of hold ‘em

Warner James Wood

We played hold ‘em
by the campfire,
my brother and I.
The only rule is no
one walks away richer,

he said, with a drink
by the deck. He won
every hand, but kept
me in play. You’d worry
the brass horns off a monkey,

he’d say, when I decided
to bet or check. Happy
as a dead pig in the sun
,
when he’d rake in the chips
after a bluff. And when
I tried to tell him
what he’d heard about me—
how my mouth had changed shape
in the dark with a boy—
he nodded his head
as for a passing,
and looked to the lakebed
where the water flattened down
and everything—everything—
was simple. Read more »