“Rollender brings us in close, provides visions and imagery so full and real I came to know these women, stood in their kitchens, felt their ghosts drift across my bones. There’s both a darkness and a warmth in how the poems are presented—this is yet another ELJ masterpiece.”
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Rollender’s first book of poems reads with lifetimes of experience, passed down from grandmother to mother to daughter, forever continuing through the heritage of women’s bodies and bones. The book itself seems a metaphor worthy of holding the poems to its skeletal structure—each page turns like a joint in a socket, connected to a sturdy spine, the cover struggling to keep it all in.
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DEADLINE: Every Friday night by midnight (CST)
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FORMS: poetry only
PRIZE: “The winning poem will receive $5 paid via paypal.”
NOTES: No simultaneous submissions, wait six months to submit again once you’ve won.