Winner of the dis•articulations Reader Poem for March — Sharon Venezio


Sharon Venezio is the author of The Silence of Doorways (March 2013, Moon Tide Press). Her poems have appeared in Spillway, Bellevue Literary Review, Midway Journal, Reed and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a behavior analyst specializing in Autism. Read more at

Her untitled poem appeared on this blog on March 29, 2015.

Sharon will receive a $25 honorarium for the prize. We encourage readers to be inspired by the process and play along. Each month, we’ll award one $25 prize for the best reader poem we receive.


Reader poem by Sharon Venezio

Here is a poem in response to the “Scientists take the first ever photograph of light as both a wave and a particle” prompt. It began as a haiku but then kept growing, though I tried to stick to the 5-7-5 rule for each stanza. It was fun.

To photograph light
as both wave and particle
is to steal the soul

of morning. Coffee
cold as you cup light in both
hands, like a flower

plucked from the round earth,
captured, consumed, eaten for
its beauty, until

at last it is ours
until there are no more stars
to hold up the sky