Jennie Miller: “LDR”

Jennie Miller, “LDR,” 2021 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Finalist selected by Judge Clare MacQueen

This matchbook-sized poem illustrates admirably how a larger story can be condensed into only 23 characters—including spaces! From the acronymous title, to the clever formatting, to the final word, I believe “LDR” masterfully distills a life situation that quite a few of us may have experienced, whether pre-pandemic or during. A tip of the hat to the poet.

— Clare MacQueen





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