Honorable Mention: “Dig” by Mary Peterson

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“This poem packs dark but beautiful imagery into a single stanza.  The second person format pulls the reader into the work, creating a sense of immediacy that is both striking and chilling.” 

~Vol 5, Poetry Board 

“Dig” by Mary Peterson

They gathered
in the bronze hollow
of a brittle ribcage,
and combusted
to rust the Black holes
of your chest,
the pupils expanding
and eating light
unfolding from the chrysalis,
swallowing echoes
where cocoons unreel themselves
into the belly of inversion,
the belly of the earth
where you dug and found
the snail whose shell
was a cup.

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