2016 Contest: Poetry Runner-up HEAVEN MAKE ME A WARRIOR TO SLAY ALL THE BAD MAGIC by Lauren Eggert-Crowe

May 8, 2017 | Archive, Feature

Photo by Rachael Warecki.

Lauren Eggert-Crowe is the author of four poetry chapbooks. Her work has also appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Horseless Review, DIAGRAM, Water-Stone Review, and Sixth Finch, among others. She serves on the leadership team for Women Who Submit, and is the Reviews Editor at Terrain.org.

2016 poetry judge Hoa Nguyen selected “Heaven Make Me a Warrior to Slay all the Bad Magic” by Lauren Eggert-Crowe as the poetry runner-up. Hoa says:

Controlled and powerful as “a boxed up/ zephry”, this short poem speaks back to power in the power of the speaker “I” who remains inside of its particulars and positions–even as it approaches its subject with a hope for intercession.

Heaven Make Me a Warrior to Slay all the Bad Magic

by Lauren Eggert-Crowe


your voice in me

and then the ghost

of your voice

in me


Spent my last nickels

on your pretty blues


Vexing declaratives, honey-tongued

& fortune: I am still, I am


still, I am still

furious as a boxed up


zephyr. Make me make

you regret coming


towards me and my barred

elbows. Sideways thunder

on a Thursday.

Click here for more information about our annual contest.