Judge Tyehimba Jess called Ross White’s poem “haunting.” He said the poem was “well executed and imaginative in tone and execution.”

The two runner-ups were: “The Art of Being Saved by a Hair” by Lois Harrod & “This Attic” by Catherine Bresner. These three poems will appear in an upcoming edition of Yemassee and will include Jess’s full comments on the poem.

The finalists for the contest were: J. Camp Brown, Gary L. McDowell, Patricia Colleen Murphy, Chelsea Dingman, Erin Mullikin, Lavonne Adams, and Sarah Huener.

The Yemassee staff is grateful to all who submitted to the contest and encourages everyone to submit again next spring.