This month we feature new work from the five finalists from Omnidawn’s 2015 1st/2nd Poetry Book contest:
Ashley Chambers – The Exquisite Buoyancies
Soham Patel – towards evening:
Joseph Rios – Shadowboxing
Jake Syersak – Yield Architecture
Jason Whitmarsh – The Histories
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He dies one year after my grandfather’s birth, it is 1919, leaving my great-grandmother to raise a family alone.
They live in Springfield, Massachusetts.
It is the Prohibition. The point is: they live through this untimely death.
At this point in the story, the United States government has banned the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. Celia, my great-grandmother, becomes a bootlegger.
This story is about survival: it’s about family, but it’s also about home.