Hello! We are pleased to announce the contributors to issue 10.2 of Gigantic Sequins! Here they are…!
You may have noticed that we’ve not opened our usually-annual Teen Sequins feature. Never fear — this celebratory project is far from finished! Our editors are simply taking a breather.
In the meantime, enjoy our current issue, We are 10 this year (!!!) and to celebrate our tenth birthday, take 10% off any order in our shop this week! Help keep us around for another ten years by subscribing or ordering an issue – the offer ENDS Monday 4/22 at 10:10am CT. The code is TENMORE4GS
You can also peruse our past Teen Sequins features here. Teens, we look forward to reading your work in 2020 !
The GS squad is happy to announce the work we’ll be publishing in GS 10.1!
Best of Math Class and Scott Minzy
Thea Anderson, Rachel J. Bennett, Derek Berry, Stephen Brown, Dorothy Chan, Joshua Clayton, Chelsea B. DesAutels, jayy dodd, Kari Ann Ebert, Joseph M. Gerace, Shelby Handler, Len Lawson, and Jacob Nantz
Julia Coursey, Ben Gitkind, Cathy Ulrich, and Zach VandeZande
CREATIVE NONFICTION BY…
Rebecca Meacham and Judy T. Oldfield
Thanks to our judges & all who entered. Here are the results!
“Maadulampazham (In Which Her Daughter Hears the Diagnosis).” by Kari Ann Ebert, winner selected by celeste doaks
Annotations for [Redacted] Elegy” by Derek Berry, finalist
“An Oral History of a City Destroyed by Fire” by Kitt Keller, finalist
“IF I WERE ANY MORE AMBIDEXTROUS I’D SLAP MY OWN ASS LEFT HANDED” by Zachery Elbourne, finalist
“Passed Down on Slow Hands” by Claire Fallon, finalist
“Portrait of George Stinney, Jr, as Police Report and Trial” by Len Lawson, finalist
“The Collectors” by Julia Coursey – winner, chosen by Rachel B. Glaser
“Evolution” Katheryn McMahon, finalist
“Father’s” by Zach VandeZande, finalist
“My Fake Brother” by Leonora Desar, finalist
“The Murderous History of Tumbleweeds” by David Drury, finalist
“Timber” by Christopher Linforth, finalist
“Walks Like a Lion” by Nancy Au, finalist
To me this poem reads as one of resilience. “Make me a boulder striped with tide stains/on the salt marsh.” Striped but stable within. “Make me a coastline/of shattered language.” A coastline nonetheless, revised lexicon. And those last four lines. What is the cure? Mercy or resilience? What survives? “[An] idea of the sea.” Make me. Unknown only to others. Infinite. – Robert Auld
Have mercy on me, gods
Make me a boulder striped with tide stains
on the salt marsh.
Make me a pennant, regardant—
a lung, fluttering
itch, a tough flank stretched
between birch sticks.
Make me a coastline
of shattered language.
I want to age evenly.
You can carve me out
through hard winters,
you can bend my ribs back
like a two-page spread.
I’m no bigger than
your fingertip. I’ve sent my name
winging away. Just bones now
and an idea of the sea.
Annabelle Crowe is a rising sophomore at Rice University and hopes to double major in English and the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her poetry has been published in Asheville Poetry Review, The Adroit Journal, and diode poetry journal and has been recognized by the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. She is the poetry editor of R2: The Rice Review, her campus lit mag.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Olivia Alger (University of Rochester, Rochester, NY); Alixa Brobbey (Brigham Young University, Provo, UT); Reuben Gelley Newman (Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA); Annabelle Kang (Concordia University, Montreal); Hannah Pandya (Simmons College, Boston, MA); Noel Peng (Princeton University, Princeton, NJ); Simran S. Shaju (Travancore Medical College, Kollam); Sahara Sidi (Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT); Amelia Van Donsel (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY); Kelsie Ward (Sage College of Albany, Albany, NY); Lisa Zou (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA)
The first half dozen times I read this poem I was mesmerized by Morgan Levine’s diction. Pink bathrobe, plastic flamingos, moonshine. Elvis, Mary, rosemary oil. “I hold my children/close to me like minutes.” Close like words, prayer, a manifestation of love. “I have prayed,/I have produced.” Having read the poem a dozen more times, I am further entranced by the “I” of “Antonia,” a voice reflecting the persistence required to continue living, the voice of someone in love with family and legacy, and the symbol of Mary, both prayer and a “chipped porcelain platter of sky.” -Robert Auld
for my great-grandmother
…Mary’s chief glory is in her nothingness, in the fact of being the “Handmaid of the Lord,” as one who in becoming the Mother of God acted simply in loving submission to His command, in the pure obedience of faith. – Thomas Merton
Amen I have braved another
locust night to stand sentry
in my pink bathrobe among
the plastic flamingos.
I have come for my evening
visit, for my single sip
I hold my Elvis mug
& snip a gardenia
for you. Cream petals
like pages I turn for you,
Mary, name of my mother,
sweet rosemary oil on my
temples & wrists. I once
had a name that tangled
on the tongue when spoken
in the Texas heat, sinful
& sweet as a man named
George. O Mary, he called me
Toney. & he married me.
Claudia & Carol,
David & Daryl,
I have prayed,
I have produced.
If a woman is a window
through which immaculate light
can shine, then you, Mary,
are so glorious in your thinness.
I paste your prayer on my bathroom
mirror. I throw my old name
into the sky like a lost tooth &
I walk in this house
with a hundred clocks
& a dozen calendars
& I hold my children
close to me like minutes.
When the clouds allow,
I stand here &
gaze at the moon.
If there are two things
I will give my children,
it is you,
prayer I lay over their beds like fine lace,
& you again,
chipped porcelain platter of sky.
Morgan Levine is a multimedia poet currently studying at Columbia University in New York City. Her works have been published both in print and online, and she is a three-time finalist for Houston Youth Poet Laureate.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Miranda Sun (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Wilmett, IL); Alexis Noga (Denison University, Granville, OH); Jackson Neal (University of Houston, Houston, TX); Lily Zhou, Enshia Li, Maya Salameh (Stanford University, Stanford, CA); Ben Togut (Columbia Preparatory School, New York, NY); Peyton Toups (Jesuit HS of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA); Andrew Tye (Princeton University, Princeton, NJ); Quinn Lui (University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada); Jessica Meng (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA) Isabel Garcia (Bennington College, Bennington, VT); Zack Tambone (Passaic Valley HS, Little Falls, NJ); Grace Clifford (Columbia University, New York, NY); Katrina Rojas ( UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA); Harper West (Bentonville HS, Bentonville, AR); Tom Bosworth (Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH); Kate I. Foley (Homeschool, Lebanon, PA); CG Aquingel Plabrica (Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion – Mandaue, Cebu, Philippines); Rebecca Northup (University of California, Santa Cruz, CA); Amery Segovia (Alamo Heights HS, San Antonio, TX)
When first reading Vidhima Shetty’s poem, I misread “the world is something more // to clench my fists around” as “the world is more than something // to clench my fists around.” Perhaps I misread Shetty’s line because what the poem does with the world is honor and fight, embrace and reject. The poem is a glimpse of young struggle at its finest, its desire to “transcend in all the wrong places.” And I remember that, the moment of being 17, feeling simultaneously old and young, being able to feel the world splitting, things that felt like truth becoming visible then drifting away again. But when I was 17, I couldn’t say it like Shetty does, and she does it, (as her poem sings) “waking and spring-fisted.” – Sophie Klahr
What Did Me In
Vidhima Shetty is a rising senior from the Bay Area in California. Her poetry has been recognized by Scholastic Art & Writing and Hollins University, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Red Queen Literary Magazine, Moledro Magazine, and Eloquence, among others. When she is not writing poetry, she is watching anime and drinking milk tea.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: TiKa Wallace (George Mason HS, Falls Church, VA); Caroline Grand-Clement (Cité Scolaire Internationale, Lyon, France); Davis Mathis (Pace Academy, Atlanta, GA); Allison Lin (Syosset HS, Syosset, NY); Jojan (Jay) Padua (Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, San Francisco, CA); Bronwen Brenner (Baruch College Campus HS, New York, NY); Katie Hurwitz (Walpole HS, Walpole, MA); Vivian Parkin DeRosa (Communications HS, Ocean Township, NJ); Jessica Lao (Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA); Jennifer Jantzen (Concord HS, Concord, MA); Breanna Trigona (West Boca Raton Community HS, Boca Raton, FL); Samia Menon (Hawken School, Cleveland, OH); Haemaru Chung (Trinity School, New York, NY); Claire Parsons (Hellgate HS, Missoula, MT); Isabelle Edgar (Falmouth HS, Falmouth, MA); Madina Malahayati Chumaera (Global Jaya School, Greater Jakarta, Indonesia); Zoe Kramer (Nova Classical Academy, St.Paul, MN); Quinn Filler (Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC); Carolyn Stein (New Roads School, Los Angeles, CA); Grace Lytle (Kinder HS for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, TX); Sophie Parsa (Germantown HS Jackson, MI); Eliza Browning (Wheaton College, Norton, MA); Aidan Aragon (Wausaukee HS, Wausaukee, WI); Emily Chen (Williams College, Williamstown, MA); Josh Schlachter (Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA); Dana Chiueh (International Bilingual School, Hsinchu City, Taiwan); Laura Liu (Conestoga HS, Wayne, PA); Anna Butcher (Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL); Carly Civello (Lancaster Country Day School, Lancaster, PA); Sarah M. Zhou (Naperville North HS, Naperville, IL); Anna Shahbazyan (Marblehead HS, Marblehead, MA), Bessie Huang (Eleanor Roosevelt HS, Greenbelt, MD); Vanessa Tsao (Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan); Keira DiGaetano (Richard Montgomery HS, Rockville, MD); Susan Li (Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA); Worlanyo Mensah (Mount Olive HS, Mount Olive, NJ); Evan Hochstein (Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, TX); Olivia Hu (Port Moody Secondary School, Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada); Corrine Barker (Hackettstown HS, Hackettstown, NJ); Veronica Palacios, Juliana Schlaen, Emily Garroway, Hadassah Amani, (Miami Arts Charter, Miami, FL); Hanah Shields, Kendall Hunt, Kate Soupiset (Alamo Heights HS, San Antonio, TX)