fiction and poetry contest
When fire began to fall from the sky and the stars started going out one by one, Burnhardt’s car was in the shop for new brake pads, or maybe the muffler—he’d been through a lot of cars and it was hard to keep track sometimes...
Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine presented a virtual reading on October 24 as part of the 2022 Wisconsin Book Festival. The winners of the 2022 Fiction & Poetry Contests read their winning entries. The event was hosted by interim editor, Christopher Chambers.
To the age of hands and animals laying open the fields,is as far back as I know my family. From a languagethat is my heritage, from a language I cannot readis the marriage record in our family Heilige Schrift.
quantum bits:the either/and/or
particles of beinginstantly transmitted
across space—attraction’s valences
revealed onlywhen observed
When we turn the earthin our yard for garden,the last tenant’s burials
emerge as bones.Let us say some wordsfor every creature that breathed
The red edge of morning, like a razor,slits the dark. No more excuses. TodayI will be sharpened. I will be moremyself as I would be. No espaliered
She starved herselfthinking about grace.How difficult it was
to be nothingbut flesh: prickly, contrarious,pretending to get by
Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy’s magazine of contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture, presents a Wisconsin Book Festival reading featuring the winners of the statewide 2020 Fiction & Poetry Contests, hosted by editor Ja
Your dead father dogs youlike the white mutt that roams
along the fishing holes and walksthe edge of gravel roads, sometimes
at a trot, most times slow,but with purpose, muscle and sinew
It happened on graduation night after the ceremony was over.
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