Barnard English Major Annie Diamond Wins Major Poetry Competition

Barnard senior English major and creative writing concentrator, Annie Diamond, won the National Undergraduate Poetry Competition. Her winning entry is published in the current (2015) issue of Cargoes, the undergraduate literary journal of Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.  The journal is edited by Charlie Gorsholz and Morgan Blalock. Her poem can be found below. Congratulations, Annie!

 

American Elegies, 1994-2014

 

There is nowhere I have loved enough

 

not to leave. I spent 9 months barefoot

 

in Ohio, long enough to get

 

knocked up and have triplets

 

with the stout Midwestern moon,

 

I returned luminous and bruised.

 

I am sentimental, not

 

the knife blade but the handle, but

 

I pretend otherwise when I put things

 

like knocked up in poems, and

 

pine are the trees but also the verb

 

I do for trees, needled as novocaine,

 

also the raw perfume of Connecticut winter,

 

where I turned eighteen and learned to smoke

 

cigarettes under the bandstand of stars.

 

I wept for childhood then, not knowing before

 

how to miss something so close. I think I might

 

never outgrow words like perfume and wept,

 

I am too far gone, delirious with softness,

 

and the thing we all learn about

 

living in English is that come and home

 

will never sound the same, our tongues

 

get used to missing. In French

 

the missing gets reversed, tu me manques,

 

the thing missed shakes hands with the verb.

 

To borrow its construction, the secondhand

 

Honda is missing to me,

 

parked at the soccer field, sitting knees

 

to knees, talking of what became now.