This week presenting the winners of the 2019 (22nd annual)
Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest:
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Ellaraine Lockie (the first place winner of the 2019 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest) is widely published and awarded as a poet, nonfiction book author and essayist. Her fourteenth chapbook, Sex and Other Slapsticks, was recently released from Presa Press. Earlier collections have won Poetry Forum’s Chapbook Contest Prize, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival Chapbook Competition, Encircle Publications Chapbook Contest, Best Individual Poetry Collection Award from Purple Patch magazine in England, and The Aurorean’s Chapbook Choice Award. She also teaches writing workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, LILIPOH.
The following work is Copyright © 2019, and owned by Ellaraine Lockie and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Stepping Over Arizona
1. step: a prefix denoting connection between members of
Her father, my mother, old and as lost
2. Step up: to increase, augment or advance by one or more steps
Now we’re thrown into the race of inheritance
It could all be tossed in the Goodwill truck but for the covert layers
3. step by step: dealing with one thing and then another in a fixed order
In the kitchen, airwaves get filthy with four-letter words
My stepsister and I fall into the same bed each night half drunk
4. Step: a degree in progress or a rank in a scale
On the last day we wave good-bye to truckloads
My stepsister has taken only a pocketful of rocks
5. Step: to put or press the foot
We take turns gripping the wheel
6. Step: the difference in pitch between two notes that are next to each other
The metronome from highway seams plays
7. Step: To move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation
On the second morning my boot slams the brakes
The slow salvation of this straight level road and perhaps
In these still and silent moments
Suzanne O’Connell (the second place winner of the 2019 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest) is a poet living in Los Angeles. Her recent collection "What Luck" was published by Garden Oaks Press. Other recently published work can be found in Poet Lore, American Chordata, Alembic, Forge, Juked, Existere, Crack The Spine, and Pennsylvania English. O’Connell was nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Her first poetry collection, “A Prayer For Torn Stockings,” was published by Garden Oak Press in 2016. Visit Suzanne on the web here.
The following work is Copyright © 2019, and owned by Suzanne O’Connell and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The Man Who Dusts The Bones
“Man of few words,” Janice always said.
Alicia Elkort’s (the third place winner of the 2019 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest) poetry has appeared in AGNI, Black Lawrence Press, Califragile, Georgia Review, Heron Tree, Hunger Journal, Jet Fuel Review, Menacing Hedge, Rogue Agent, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Tinderbox Poetry Journal and many others. Alicia’s poems have been nominated for the Orisons Anthology (2016), the Pushcart (2017), and Best of the Net (2018). She lives in California and will go to great lengths for an honest cup of black tea and a cool breeze.
The following work is Copyright © 2019, and owned by Alicia Elkort and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Tali’s presence is an etching across the table—sacred,