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Joshua Koss: Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant

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To honor the University’s Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

The contest includes both poetry and prose (fiction or creative non-fiction). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards winners at its annual awards ceremony.


To Zosima
by Joshua Koss

Amidst the pines atop a mount
a promise lied to stop the doubt.
Adopt the way an ancient spoke,
and placed a mask on those who choked.

You vowed to never lie again,
I vowed to never trust an end,
We broke our oaths a moment past,
You kissed me first, I loved you last.


Joshua Koss, a Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “‘To Zosima’ addresses the tendency we have to fool ourselves in the interest of being content. Sometimes such sentiment does not accurately reflect the reality of our situations.  Sometimes it is better not to believe.”


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Last Modified: April 26, 2015