Ritika Bharati

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2016 Poetry, Third Place

“Mae Jean” by Ritika Bharati

Chandler, Arizona, USA

Hamilton High School

Grade 11

Ritika Bharati initially heard about the Writing for Peace Young Writers’ Poetry Contest through one of her friends who also writes poetry. To Ritika, writing is a way to express abstract ideas that always float around in her mind, especially through poetry. Every time Ritika writes, she always searches for inspiration in the most unconventional places; nevertheless, the end result never fails to teach her more about herself. Besides enjoying writing, Ritika is an avid supporter of many global HIV/AIDS foundations and the Malala Fund. In the future, although she’s not fully sure what she want to pursue, Ritika knows that she wants to continue to write and improve upon her writing skills.

From 2016 Young Writers Contest Poetry Judge E.Ethelbert Miller

I think Ritika should be applauded for taking risks and trying to write in the voice of a slave. There are a number of good lines “at work” in this poem; several at the end. I found Ritika’s poem moving and competitive.

Bharati’s winning poem will be featured in our 2017 edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts.


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