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Type
Poetry Prize
Category
Writing

Topography

the soles of her sneakers scrape the gritty sand
a butterscotch-ripple-trail, glass and melted stone
and tufts of sunburnt grass that somehow find a way
she charts her steps carefully while I travel in leaps, heroic and haphazard
over the scarred edges of shallow craters containing rust-coloured rain

wright
Type
Regular
Category
Writing

On being funnier

I often wish I were funnier, even though I can be reasonably quick off the cuff.

Friend: Oh my God! Someone poisoned ninety elephants in Zimbabwe!
Me: Sounds like a pachyderm lies to me.

But that practice of humour isn’t really funny.

campbell
Type
Regular
Category
Writing

On the athleticism of productivity

Late last year, in his widely shared essay ‘On Smarm’, Tom Scocca introduces the concept of writering: ‘We have a whole word here at Gawker, “writering,” to describe the tribe of writers whose principal writerly concern is being writerly, and who spend all their time congratulating one another on their writing and promulgating correct rules for writing.’