Fall Poetry 2016: Third Place Winner, Berfin by Carl Boon

We had an enormous number of excellent submissions for our Fall 2016 Poetry Contest, and we’re excited to announce that we have two third place winners. “Berfin”  by Carl Boon is one of our amazing winners, and we hope you enjoy it! 




Berfin above her 
Maiden’s Tower notebook 
attempts to sketch 
her feelings. I tell her 


focus on the tower instead, 
and why your mother stands 
over okra, bargaining 
vegetables and affection. 


The kitchen’s acrid 
and hot. What she feels 
is out there, her brother’s pleas 
for French fries, 


her father’s disinterest. 
The six o’clock news
says Istanbul’s an upheaval. 
This is better 


than the boy who’s wronged her, 
better a street of bakers 
than the sadness of one. 
Worse things are coming. 


Carl Boon lives in Izmir, Turkey, where he teaches courses in American culture and literature at 9 Eylül University. His poems appear in dozens of magazines, most recently Burnt Pine, Two Peach, Ink In Thirds, and Poetry Quarterly. He is also a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee.

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