2018 Poetry, Second Place
“Fragments” by Booyeon Choi
Concord, Massachusetts, USA
About Booyeon Choi:
I heard about this contest through friends who were participating and thought it was an opportunity to use writing to try to make a positive impact on the world. I believe writing is an extremely powerful and effective tool in inspiring empathy among people whom may not have anything in common. I definitely seek to continue to explore writing to find out how I can become more effective in using it as a tool to connect people from different backgrounds.
A cause I have recently discovered an interest in is the discrimination of certain peoples across the globe, and I have a particular interest in the history of racial inequality. Also, in the process of writing the poem “Fragments,” I also gained interest in the origins and result of the Syrian Civil War.
From 2018 Young Writers Contest Poetry Judge Patricia Jabbeh Wesley:
“‘Fragments’ speaks with a voice we need right now. Here, the story of Syria comes alive in the silence this small poem captures. These vivid images will shock the reader not because we don’t know the story, but because the poet’s soft voice touches us in that deep place where no news media clip can reach. We are reminded of what has been silenced by violence and war. The poet’s powerful tone humanizes those who have been forgotten by the world. We see the buildings crumble, hear the silenced barking dogs even though they are no more, and the little child’s loss becomes ours. This is the sort of thing poetry should do, to keep the dead alive and the dying in the eyes of those who can read beyond the headlines. This poem belongs to all of us.”
Booyeon Choi’s winning poem will be featured in our 2018 edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts.
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