April 2022 Prize Winner!

This poem won the Poetry Prompt Prize for March 2022. It is inspired by George Elliott Clarke's writing prompt "Stick to things”.

Poetry Editor Therese Estacion writes about "untitled" by Arden Howard: In her untitled poem, Arden Howard does not expose a hidden long, but demands to be given what one is due, even if it is destruction.


Arden Howard

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Give me strange loops-

Like Bach or Escher.

Give me wonder

Give me Piranesi-

Imaginary prisons that feel more real than anything else!

Give me a ground that pitches and ripples

A world written in a language I do not speak.

Give me alienation-

Pure unresolvable alienation!

Give me quiet boats on a quieter sea

A world that is mostly smooth waves

Mostly silence

Mostly empty



Give me neon and noise

Give me rollercoasters-

Give me dizziness, shallow breaths, pain

Give me everything all at once, impossible to hold!

Every story, every triumph, every tragedy!

Let it destroy me-

an ant staring down a flash flood

Let me look upon divinity-

Pure undilutable divinity-

Let me look upon divinity and be burned!