THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S CONTEST IS....ALLIES How do we know who is on our side? Is it possible for someone who is not like us to share our same hopes?
THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S CONTEST IS….ALLIES
How do we know who is on our side? Is it possible for someone who is not like us to share our same hopes? Can links forged by empathy or mutual interest match those created by shared experience? What can we gain from alliances that we cannot achieve on our own?These are difficult question to answer even in intimate settings, and more so in arenas of cultural and political struggle. We want the sharpest stories about trust, bridge-building, difference, and betrayal. Drawing on the prophetic power of the imagination to conjure both the possible dangers and life-giving possibilities of alliances—be they political, private (such as marriage), therapeutic, or even aesthetic (between readers and writers, for example). We are open to this theme being explored in every style of poetry. We’re especially interested to see these themes explored in the context of race, sex and sexuality, and identity (both politically and privately).
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