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.