Fall Poetry 2016: Second Place Winner, “Meta” by Jacob Minasian

We had an enormous number of excellent submissions for our Fall 2016 Poetry Contest, and we’re excited to announce our Second Place winner, “Meta” by Jacob Minasian! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 



In a grass 
the fire flinches backwards, 
inhaling its conclusion, as 
wood lightens over ember, and 
iron tracks peel from the plain, 
de-rusted spikes jousting 
from their holdings, hills that 
freckle over with game,
birds, buffalo, herds, curds at 
the campfire re-tinned, 
roofed, metal-lidded. 
Native souls reversed back 
into un-bloodied bodies.


Jacob Minasian received his MFA in poetry from Saint Mary’s College of California, where he was the 2016 Academy of American Poets University and College Poetry Prize winner, and was awarded two MFA Advisory Board Fellowships. He was also a 2012-13 Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize winner, placing 3rd overall. His work has appeared in Poets.org, and Gyroscope Review. He currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

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