Fall 2011 • Vol. XXXIII No. 4 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeOctober 1, 2011 |

Ode to Words

First-Prize Winner 2011 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers   To the times you say something just because you like the way it lies    on your tongue, or how sometimes you mouth different languages because the way it shapes your lips makes you feel like an artist instead of someone on the down and out who stays up all night reading the poetry you wish you could write and throwing words at the wall in hopes that something will stick. To the girl who sleeps on your front steps and drinks rain out of the mouths of stone lions and who tells herself stories sometimes that you hear if the wind isn't blowing and you crack your windows at just the right time and she doesn't know you're awake. To the man at the grocery store on Mondays who weighs cantaloupes in his palms but wishes they were rambutan, mangosteen, pummelo, anything but cantaloupe. To the way you try to write about the man and his mangosteens and just end up with lists and lists of

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