This Starred Place

by Kim O’Connell

print of train tracks running between skyscrapers

Art & typography by JS Graustein

Kim O’Connell’s articles, essays, and short fiction have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, National Geographic News, National Parks, Little Patuxent Review, and more.

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I belong here, in this city—
this starred place on the map
where the Labrador gets skunked
and the doe skirts the edge of the highway
and the hawk lands on a nest of wires.
Where the airplanes circle like falcons
and the streetlights create the heavens.
Where everything is common and known
except the wildness in my heart.

©2016, Kim O’Connell



by Catherine Moore

poem typed with typewriter on yellowed paper

Art & typography by JS Graustein

Catherine Moore, M.F.A., is the author of three chapbooks and tweetable @CatPoetic.

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yellow mellowed Post-it note
adhesive gone
behind doctor cards,
school dates, ads,

scribbled years ago:
“love is a decision”

© 2016, Catherine Moore


by Thom Young

Background painting of moon and stars

Art & design by Kristine Slentz

Thom Young is a writer from Texas. His work has been in The Commonline Journal, 3am magazine, Crack the Spine, Word Riot, 48th Street Press, and many other places.

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I loved her       but
the thoughts come       again
and soon everything       is gone
and the other side       of the city
is always       darker
when you’re so far       from home.

© 2016, Thom Young

FIVE (5) Contest Honorable Mention

Click through to zoom in on Flickr.

Click through to zoom in on Flickr.

As promised, bonus graphic art by JS & Megan Graustein of Judy Bertelsen’s Honorable Mention poem, Interval.

Many thanks to our Poetry Editor, Rose Auslander for running the contest. Heaps of additional thanks go to our judge, Gian Lombardo.

unFold 1000 Tweets Contest

31 March 2013 Contest Entry Deadline Fast Approaching

One example of our theme. What does “milestone” mean to you?

unFold, our poetry Twitter-zine, is about to post its 1000th tweet. To choose this tweet, we’re holding a poetry contest. The theme is “milestones.” Throughout the month of March, send in your tweet-sized poems that relate to the “milestones” theme. Our poetry editor, Rose Auslander, will select ten shortlist poems which will then be posted on the unFold blog mid-April. The winner will be selected by Matthew Lippman, author of The New Year of Yellow (winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize), American Chew (winner of the 2012 Burnside Review Book Prize), Monkey Bars, and a recipient of the 2010 Jerome J. Shestack Prize (by American Poetry Review). On 30 April 2013, the winning poem will be posted on the unFold Twitter stream, with illustrated versions made into a video on YouTube and printed on promotional postcards. The winning poet will receive 25 copies of the promotional postcard.

There is NO ENTRY FEE. To submit:

  1. Read at least ten of our published poems at or to familiarize yourself with our editorial preferences.
  2. In the body of an email, send up to three “milestones” poems to with “1000 tweets” in the subject line.
  3. Be sure to use your word processor’s word count tool to check your character count. We cannot accept poems over 140 characters (including spaces/line breaks – each line break takes three spaces).
  4. In your email, be sure to include:
  • your name & pen name
  • a link to your bio
  • your Twitter handle, if applicable
  • the title of an unFold poem or name of an unFold poet that you enjoy

Whether or not you enter the contest, we hope you’ll pop by the unFold Twitter stream at the end of April to see our 1000th tweet in all its multi-media glory.