A Small American Peninsula Town by Hannah Schoettmer


A Small American Peninsula Town

it was predicted to be the city of dreams / that port town holding the keys to international peace /

and made rich through tariff money / a girl I know was born there, screaming / there are military

bases in the surrounding mountains / long abandoned, catacombs of twisted iron and artillery

shells / I learned that my girl once lived / there in an old yellow house along the water / she

littered an ancient cliffside dirt road / with tiny things she wanted to recall / an Altoids tin; a

paintbrush; a baby tooth; / and the rhododendron flowers, an annual tradition / wrapped up her

trinkets with their shallow roots / and dispersed them, like ashes / like salt-scented wind / like

plastic bottles out on the ocean: misplaced and wild and free /


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Hannah Schoettmer is a high school junior living in the Pacific Northwest. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Butcher Papers, a youth-focused literary magazine, which can be found online at butcherpapers.org. She has been recognized by TeenInk, Write the World, the Scholastic Art and Writing awards, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and the Live Poets Society of New Jersey, among others. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Royal Rose Magazine, Marias at Sampaguitas, Wide Eyes Publishing's salt + vinegar, and elsewhere.

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