Fall 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 4 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeOctober 1, 2009 |

Ciudad

Third-Prize Winner 2009 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers      For Mama In the morning Pittsburgh moves mechanically, rises its sun over the rivers and bridges like our public bus fighting its way over the top of a hill. The city pulls on levers and lowers the big-top blue sky. The asphalt rolls by five days a week. It's not Madrid, I'll admit, but when the sun unfurls itself I feel like it could be. The light fills the womb and I bloom like winter's gone for good. I think I've seen every city, you think this town rolls into the rest like you roll your r's. Downtown they roll hoagies, on Forbes they roll joints. Home for us is a nest on the roof of a building block, chubby hands forming us out of clay. In my mind, the fountains never dry up. If I could I would take you home. If there were something under the dust I would shake this city out like a sheet left unchanged for too many months. Even in my discomfort I feel safe in these streets, e

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Arbil López attends the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She enjoys participating in her school’s chapter of Amnesty International and plans to go into the culinary arts.

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