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Elegy Broadcast from the Top of a Radio Tower


Honorable Mention for the 2014 Adroit Prize for Poetry
Judge: Richie Hofmann


I once saw someone break
            open like a question—
                        a girl with light under her skin,
her children gathered like rivers
            behind a dam
                        in a house with no windows.
I remember only the girl’s wedding,
            the comet tail of her gown
                        held in the children’s hands
like so much light,
            her potential flung to a universe unfolding
so that all anyone could see
            was the glowing map of her veins.



Emily Knott is a rising sophomore at Princeton University originally from South Carolina. Her writing has received national recognition from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the National YoungArts Foundation.