Poetry 2020

Portage 2020 provides a collection of captivating poetry from all around the Midwest. Explore the talent throughout the impressive works of this year’s poets.

Afternoon Traffic

by John Winkelman

at the corner café after a summer storm

by Lauren Brandmeier

Bad Weather

by Katie Chicquette Adams

Daydream in a Restaurant Washroom

by Joan Wiese Johannes

Dream Song

by Gillian Nevers

for sale

by Jenna Villanova

Gender Roles

by Melissa McGraw

In My Skin

by Thomas J. Erickson

Invisible Wounds

by Annette Langlois Grunseth

In Witness Protection

by Joan Wiese Johannes

Letting Go

by Lynn Patrick Smith

Marriage Counseling

by Nick Engebregtsen

New Vows

by Katie Chicquette Adams

NOTES FROM A GROCERY STORE IN CHICAGO

by Arja Kumar

On the Statute Against Picking Wildflowers in State Parks

by Peter Spaulding

THE ONLY ONE

by James P. Roberts

Percussion

by John Winkelman

Poetry 101

by Lacie Semenovich

The Rabbi Gets Her Nails Done

by Katrin Talbot

Story Made From Small White Houses

by Arja Kumar

streelight interference phenomenon

by Lauren Brandmeier

Synthesis (or Lefty Surrenders)

by Ed Werstein

Thief

by Sarah Rose Thomas

Tideless

by Gillian Nevers

Tornado Drill

by Dave Malone

Upon Submission

by Brett Kell

We Bury Our Secret

by Dave Malone

We Don’t Watch the Weather

by Melissa McGraw

We’re All in the Same Boat

by Ed Werstein

What Isn’t True, But You Want It To Be

by Katie Chicquette Adams

Where I’m From

by Lacie Semenovich

Winnebago, IL Stoplight

by Arja Kumar

You Can Take It with You

by Peter Spaulding

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