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The Coil



I picked up a stick
And spiked the sky
Where the sparrows peered in.

I built my fortress.
I tested my troops.
I crushed my enemies. I worked tirelessly.
I was glorious.

Then mum called ‘dinner’
From the back door
And the night destroyed my empire.

The 2015 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry

We are pleased to announce the second place winner for The 2015 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, honoring the independent press’ best poems of the year. The winner is selected by an external panel that judges all pieces blindly and selects the full list of finalists. Alternating Current does not determine the final outcome for the judging; the external judges’ decisions are final. The second place winner receives a printed certificate, publication on Alternating Current’s award page, publication on The Coil, printed publication in the triennial print award anthology with the selection indicated, and two complimentary copies of the journal.

Jared A. Carnie recently left the Outer Hebrides. He can be found at

Poem originally published on 2/4/15



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