Le Hinton
Epidemic

Le Hinton - Epidemic

Contest - 1st Place
Le Hinton is the author of four poetry collections including, Black on Most Days (Iris G. Press, 2008) and The… Read more »
Shenan Prestwich
Settling

Shenan Prestwich - Settling

Contest - 2nd Place
Shenan Prestwich is a Washington, DC-based poet and graduate of the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing program. Her poems… Read more »
D.M. Armstrong
Take Care

D.M. Armstrong - Take Care

Contest - 3rd Place
D. M. Armstrong is the fiction editor of Witness Magazine and recipient of the Black Mountain Institute fellowship at UNLV,… Read more »

Epidemic

Le Hinton

each morning Grandmom awakened
fed oak slabs to a passive stove

heat
breakfast
the surviving family

at the kitchen table she trusted King James
belief
in his god and this ravenous influenza

a life with two fewer sons

each belief burned away in a fever
each night full of reaching for tiny hands

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each night full of reaching for tiny hands
each belief burned away in a fever

a life with two fewer sons

in his god and this ravenous influenza
belief
at the kitchen table she trusted King James
the surviving family
breakfast
heat

fed oak slabs to a passive stove
each morning Grandmom awakened Read more »