MAG Poetry Competition 2011 - search for new poems

About 44% of the participants in the 2011 poetry competition wished their poems to remain viewable on the website. Check these out here:

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Litmus Test

by Suzanne Schenk

I held a cold mirror before you
To catch the breath of a lie
To bear out the promise
We once uttered

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The Hook

by Suzanne Schenk

She crouches on the bathroom counter
clutching her knees, tugging
her stained nightie down
again and again.

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Before Sleep

by Suzanne Schenk

Above my bed
On the roof
They move
House to house

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The Last Man

by Swathi Iyer

They called him The Man, He had to be monogrammed. They- for he had none, none his own, no name given. Fixedly singular and starving, Forty-nine (in 'Eleven), The man trudged into The New World With Arrowheads and Hand-axes, A perfect stranger. Fifty-four (in 'Sixteen), Consumption silenced The Man. He took with him to his ground- A bow and a quiver of five arrows, A sock of shell-bead money, Tobacco, Three rings And flakes of stone. Fifty-four (in 'Sixteen), Them Forty-niners secured a headstone On the civilization that Gold snuffed. They called him The Man,
He had to be monogrammed.
They- for he had none,
none his own, no name given.

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Amore

by Swati Chawla

My lord, my lord
I want to fall in love again
Upon the nibbling sound of sand,

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What would you do?

by Szymon Z. Jagiello

Often my ears hear people
Denigrate illegal immigrants.
But what would you do being
In the shoes of these poor men?

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Wasted Water

by Szymon Z. Jagiello

Often, during summertime mornings,
I watch my neighbors cleaning their cars.
I see their hands stroking the body
And the windows of their automobiles.

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