Fall 2013 • Vol. XXXV No. 4 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize |

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Runner-Up2013 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers   You were born in a rolling meth lab parked on the shoulder while a junkie worked you out and cradled you in chalked-white palm, cracked digits. Right before the explosion that almost killed you years later, you bought a scratch-off at a gas station with a fake. You now think about how the sun came through the blinds behind the cashier like a sonogram projected on the wall. You wonder if your skin would have peeled off in white patches, like suds, or crystals, if you would have been high in those last few seconds, inhaling vapors that slipped from around your own skin. You aren't sure if your ashes would've been buried in a graveyard, or if your resting place would have been as restless as your birth.

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Anne Hucks attends the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She has been elected a 2013 Young Arts Finalist and received three Scholastic awards. Hucks likes travel and classic rock music.

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