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

Saung

Runner-Up 2013 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers   The queer thing is in the way you do not know to slip sweetly into another chambered shell; then my mother's voice dovetails, its ribs wide in a city with neon signs. In Myanmar, a girl has a coconut shell. In Myanmar, one man has a button and fifty million have the job of making sure he does not push it. On Saturday, a child shakes loose his mother's hand and seals a quarter into the country's only jukebox, the plastic mouth yawning, giving. It stutters. Then for a moment we forgot our fear of sound, the rice wine between our lips tempering behind the first rush of manifest destiny. For a moment we bore witness to miracles. For a moment we forgot to stay rooted, winging away in a clutch of small, elegant leaves. In the coastal cities the government cannot afford the consideration of this American dream, only allowing the frightened to waltz away from the boy who spills Billy Joel, Caruso, A

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Alicia Lai is the founder of the Postscript Journal, as well as the recipient of Acclivity’s Laurel Awards and first-place winner of the Penn State International Writing Contest. Publications include National Poetry Quarterly, Acclivity, and Adroit Journal. She currently attends State College Area High School in Pennsylvania.

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