Nov/Dec 2018 • Vol. XL No. 6 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeNovember 1, 2018 |

Extraterrestre

Runner-up 2018 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers   At the age of nine I was catapulted into the stars To land, face down, on an alien planet. A planet so much like the one I had known— Capable of supporting life     (if the life had     blond hair and     blue eyes and     skin unbrowned by the sun) With an atmosphere just like Earth’s     (but thicker     only the soundwaves of the English language     were allowed to pass through it). I was lost, at first. The terrain was unfamiliar—it was filled With red rocks     (they’ll trip you if you aren’t careful—     break your neck) I pledged with the wrong hand to a flag that Wasn’t mine Learned to say ma’am and sir Learned to smile without my eyes     (it’s a sign of status here—     the bigger the smile,     the more power you have). My own words slipped off my tongue To fa

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Emily Perez attends high school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is the author of the young adult novel Yesterday She Was Tiffany (Word One Publishing, 2017), and her work has been recognized by the Apprentice Writer and Chattanooga’s Center for the Creative Arts. When she’s not writing, she’s working with her high school’s theater department, serving as the under-secretary-general of her regional model UN conference, and editing for the literary journal Polyphony H.S.

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