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Runner up

Nicole Arch is an English and Music major at UNC Chapel Hill pursuing an honors thesis in Creative Writing. When she's not writing another poem or short story, you can often find her reading, singing ... [+]

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It's the way your words are melody
And your silences, siren songs, luring
Eurydice from the effigy she used to be--
Or else it's because she finds it reassuring
Your caress lingers-- and those fingers snake
Through her clothes, while those lips bite
Her lobes, and you make her thighs quake
With the ache of a venom she can't fight--

Or maybe it's the way you walk a bit too slow
When you don't know if she's watching, like you'll turn
Halfway back just to track if her eyes still follow
You, beat black and blue-- or whether they yearn
To return to the world that's been waiting beneath
Your apartment, police sirens, and her bridal wreath.

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Vansh Malhotra · ago
Heartiest congratulations, Nicole:)
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Keith Simmonds · ago
Congratulations for this well-deserved win, Nicole!
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Sandra Dehon · ago
Hmmmm- I definitely like short stories and novels - not too big on poetry -- You're too smart for me Nicole! Love you more!!!!~~ Nanny
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Jennifer Arch · ago
Good luck, gorgeous!
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Keith Simmonds · ago
My support renewed and good luck, Nicole!
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Keith Simmonds · ago
Well constructed, rhythmic and profound! Please see your box for further comments. My 5 votes awarded!