Sept/Oct 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 5 2019 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young WritersAugust 31, 2019 |

November Picnic with Louise

Those boys who followed you all last summer are waiting at your window, but you laugh holding a lemonade on the dead grass four welcome mats away. It hurts to sit, but I don’t mind much so long as you still like to eat my grilled cheeses. I must be waiting for you to kiss me and it may come soon, like the snow might come in September, this close to the ocean. I’m in love with something in this poem, and I hate sand and boys.

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Jay Martin is a student at the South Carolina Governor’s School of Arts and Humanities in Greenville, studying creative writing. Martin has attended the summer camp for creative writing for two consecutive years at the Governor’s School. Martin lives in Summerville, South Carolina, with family and enjoys good coffee and Marvel movies.

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