Brendan Walsh
Dropping Weight

Brendan Walsh - Dropping Weight

Contest - 3rd Place
Brendan Walsh has lived and taught in South Korea, Laos, and South Florida. His work appears in Glass Poetry, Indianapolis Review, Wisconsin Review, Mudfish, Lines + Stars, and other journals. He is… Read more »
Allie Marini
Kitchen Kisses

Allie Marini - Kitchen Kisses

Contest - 2nd Place
Allie Marini is a cross-genre writer holding degrees from both Antioch University of Los Angeles & New College of Florida. She has been a finalist for Best of the Net and nominated for the… Read more »
Cecily Berberat
Lemon drop

Cecily Berberat - Lemon drop

Contest - 1st Place
Cecily Berberat holds an MFA in Fiction and an MA in English literature from the University of Montana, Missoula. She is the recipient of the 2012 Montana Meadowlark Award, judged by Richard Ford, and… Read more »

Dropping Weight - 3rd Place

Brendan Walsh


this is what we did:


garbage bag undershirts for five mile runs
credit-card-scraping our teary sweat
in doctored stairwell saunas
heated for salt-road winters

mornings before regular kids dragged
their sleepy boots through halls
we—August winds—blazed the emptiness
until classes, kept our grayed eyes
open for Wednesdays, Saturdays,
whenever scales read our fortunes
and we reddened for six-minute
matches and concession egg sandwiches,
liters of Gatorade which blued-to-vomit
in the armpit locker rooms
of nowhere schools
highways from Hartford’s sunken valleys

those evenings we ate-and-drank
our blood-tummies balloon-skin taut
wearing matburn, eye-bruise, hoodies
to hide bottles and bodies-of-bones


Will wrestled 152 sophomore year
when I was concussed to amnesia
and we all felt thinner, shredded,
lean less like starvation than strength
what’s a body for if not depriving
until these minds which know so much
begin to focus solely on bread, milk,
the ripe-fake smells of cafeteria pizza,
a euphoric… Read more »