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Justin Barisich

30/30 Poetry Challenge (2017) Creative Writing Poetry

Day 23 – The American Identity (blackout poem)

By on July 7, 2017

 

people fashion identities
for themselves
as old as America

the color line
bent and broke
in many directions

in law
the status of families
depended on affirming
their whiteness

parse slavery freedom and race
akin to the color of water
of…

30/30 Poetry Challenge (2017) Creative Writing Poetry

Day 22 – Action Figure Power Girl (blackout poem)

By on June 29, 2017

 

Studies show
girls’ ambitions
can be heavily influenced
by their playthings.

Search for female
figures athletic
and empowering,
find hypersexualized
figures for
adult male collectors.

The idea
that girls could
save the world –
that’s very powerful
fantasy.

[Blackout poem…

30/30 Poetry Challenge (2017) Creative Writing Poetry

Day 21 – When A Writer Dies Young (blackout poem)

By on June 28, 2017

 

when a writer dies young
we mourn the work
that will never be
his masterpiece
a feat of fiction
gleaned from
an enormous talent
and countless chances

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30/30 Poetry Challenge (2017) Creative Writing Poetry

Day 20 – Love is a Standardized Test (for Jonathan and Elizabeth on their wedding day)

By on June 11, 2017

 

Love is a test we study for our entire lives
and hope we never have to take.
Because if we fail, it means…

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