Fall 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 4 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeOctober 1, 2010 |

Han

First-Prize Winner 2010 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers It is perhaps what my mother holds to her heart when she ends a call from a different hemisphere, her eyes like marbles left buried and unmapped in our backyard. She doesn't know what to say to me then, or to the round pears on her plate grown abroad in some familiar soil. She is thinking of her tallest brother pulling fat dragonflies from his fishing nets and stacking blankets on the mother she last saw six years ago. On the phone, they speak of Korea, cleaved through its middle with the thickest borders in the    world. How cranes, a national symbol of prosperity and luck, have begun to    multiply there, stretching their black-tipped wings at armistice. They court and give birth across the invisible line that separates The Land of the Morning Calm. And citizens on either side fold a thousand paper cranes in some wish against han, that dull lingering ache of the soul, passi

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Anna Faison lives in Aiken, South Carolina, and is a senior creative writing student at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Her work also appears in the Fall 2010 issue of New Mexico Poetry Review.

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