Sept/Oct 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 5 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeOctober 2, 2022 |

Come Closer

Winner2022 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers Yellow Springs, Ohio The sky goes green with tornadoes, heavy as low-              hanging fruit. The deer is carried off the road,                            and it never got hit in the first place. When the light changes from red to green, I’m not confused              and I don’t get out of the street. I’ve been                            here before. The cars aren’t coming for me. There’s a boar’s head on the wall              with an edge of red headlight glass hanging                            out of its eye. It’s horrible until the light hits it and the whole room goes hot  &n

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Sophie Bernik is a creative writing major at Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan. Her work has previously been published or is forthcoming in Red Wheelbarrow, Fledge, and Identity Theory. When not writing, Bernik enjoys hiking and swimming.

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