The house was full of dead bodies, it seemed
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by E. Doolittle
3d ago
A stink bug flits beside my head, weightless with the not knowing. I wait until it stills and do what I think I have to. My father is downstairs, yelling at nothing and slinking off to the movies alone. He returns to a Post-It on the front door and the shiny toe of his dress shoe points him to me, merciless compass. I examine the spindly leg stuck to my wall and silently count down the footsteps from fourteen. My brother will be the last to steal a glance at the small man behind the curtain. He is six and likes cooking and birds and he isn’t quite what my father expected, but no son could have ..read more
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Our Lady of the Scablands
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by Linea Jantz
1w ago
praise to the plains scabbed with basalt land swallowed by sky we stand on holy ground here the setting sun tie-dyes the clouds in shades of Lisa Frank a church roofed in copper drips blood when it storms lightning conducts the choir congregation electrified a divine disco riot hands up where I can see them Hallelujah! thunder growls across the vaulted ceiling stone walls tremble sirens wail as the children attempt to shelter behind the tabernacle Shots fired! copper crumpled in the sun The post Our Lady of the Scablands appeared first on Palette Poetry ..read more
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FEAR INDEX
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by Greer Engle-Roe
2w ago
download a pdf of the poem here     The post FEAR INDEX appeared first on Palette Poetry ..read more
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Deluge: A Chinese Almanac
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by Nicole Wan-Ting Lee
3w ago
“Deluge: A Chinese Almanac” by Nicole Wan-Ting Lee is the winner of the 2024 Previously Published Poem Prize, selected by Palette editors. We’re honored to share this captivating poem with you. download a pdf of the winning poem here   The post Deluge: A Chinese Almanac appeared first on Palette Poetry ..read more
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Prayer Circle
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by Sa Whitley
3w ago
“Prayer Circle” by Sa Whitley is the first runner-up of the 2024 Previously Published Poem Prize, selected by Palette editors. We’re honored to share this moving poem with you. Missus Kathy say, Jon gonna be alright. Miss Leslie say, Jon gonna be alright. Miss Brenda say, Jon gonna be, he alright. Missus Linda say, gonna be alright, that Jon. Missus Paula with the big eyes, Jon gon’ be alright, and call me baby girl after. Miss Helen from down 16th Street give me and Jon our first Bible. She say, Jon, he alright. Jon is going to be alright, say Missus Gail. Miss Mary, she say, God is good, and ..read more
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The Peasantry
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by Weijia Pan
3w ago
“The Peasantry” by Weijia Pan is the second runner-up of the 2024 Previously Published Poem Prize, selected by Palette editors. We’re honored to share this powerful poem with you. The people, and the people alone, are the motive force of world history. —Mao Zedong, “On Coalition Government” I’ve found you more difficult to work with, which, as I was told, is pretty much how you think of me. I could smell the fertilizers on your skin. You could smell the skinflint on my hands. I could read history from the back of your reddened skull. You could read me directly, reflected in the eyes of passers ..read more
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2024 Previously Published Poem Prize: Winners & Finalists
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by Palette Poetry
3w ago
We are delighted to share the winners, finalists, and longlist for the 2024 Previously Published Poem Prize! Please join us in congratulating these brilliant poets. Deep gratitude to all who shared moving poems with us—we are so lucky to have been immersed in the worlds of your work. The winning poem and runner-ups were selected by Palette editors. Winners of the 2024 Previously Published Poem Prize 1st place — Nicole Wan-Ting Lee for “Deluge: A Chinese Almanac” — first published in Gulf Coast Nicole W. Lee was born in Sydney, Australia to Chinese Malaysian parents. Her poetry has been ..read more
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The Other Mothers
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by Sara Femenella
3w ago
1. When the first heart began to beat, a new mother landed inside me, a white crane on the bank of a river. My body reached its logical conclusion, red blood over white feathers. When the second heart swelled my breasts against my sweater, another mother arrived bringing her blue ache between my legs until that heart silenced, the breasts softened but still the ache went on and on. When the third heart never started, cold and flinty as a box of matches (will there ever be light here) the third mother soaked the blood, not much, from the sheets. 2. And if anything is more willful than one angry ..read more
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A bird-riding grief
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by Ismail Yusuf Olumoh
1M ago
[after Joshua Effiong ‘Synonyms for Rebirth’]   The post a bird-riding grief appeared first on Palette Poetry ..read more
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Deadlines: June & July 2024
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by Palette Poetry
1M ago
Every middle of the month: new deadlines, new contests, and new opportunities for your work to find its audience. Here is a roundup of ten submission opportunities with deadlines in June or July, including The Maine Review, Variant Literature, Bellevue Literary Review, and more.   DEADLINE: 6/15 Phoebe Journal: Summer Issue 53.3 “Palestinian Perspectives” For this issue, we invite Palestinian writers to submit any work that celebrates Palestinian culture and identity. While we will exercise editorial judgment in selecting pieces to publish in this issue, all topics, styles, and the ..read more
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