The poets in this issue were selected from free open submissions to the Inaugural Year’s Discovery Contest. The winner is Joy KMT for “Old Time Religion” and the runner-up is Deshawn McKinney for “Go Back To Where You Came From, That Place.”
Joy KMT’s work utilizes experimental forms and a powerful voice to lyrically explore an afrofuturist “break in the programming.” Deshawn McKinney’s work makes beautiful music of dialect, including slang. His last line resonates: “leave a message.”
To recognize the creativity of a child of the Black diaspora, this issue includes an excerpt of Dania’s [“engulfed in a mold”] with a footnote dedication to Sandra Bland.