End of Summer Poem Contest Announcement!

The results are in! Congratulations to Anna Gionet. Anna's poem, falling in love as the world sets over august, is the winner of the End of Summer Poem Contest. See the winning poem here and on our End of Summer Poem page where you can find links to the finalists and semi-finalists. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. It was an honor to read your work. -TC

falling in love as the world sets over august
by Anna Gionet

the cicadas humming  
sound like rattlesnakes. 
like the way your fingers
tap against wood. 
what i mean is, 
hold me closer. 
summer is dying but
i promise we’ll make it out alive. 
i promise you’ll see stripes
of sunlight in the snow. 
what i mean is, 
stay with me. 
stay with me and see
how encouraging this cold can be. 
what i mean is, 
we’ll thread this pink haze
into everything we own.
the way my hair sticks up
in the oppressive heat
or the line of ants that crawl
across your forearm, well, 
i will drink these long nights down
like i’m dying of thirst.
but i can’t wait to teach you
the geometry of my body
when the world is gray and cowering. 
what i mean is, 
the last remnants of summer
are sticking to my bones. 
what i mean is, 
i wish you would, too.