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    [post_content] => The Earth held tight to what it had been given;
those clear skies, that startling life.
It held me to be a woman, gravity-bound.
Wife with no husband, mother to the stars.
A goring crescent.
Sharp slice of lithium consuming itself.

I was Selene and Sina, stray Chang’e,
a goddess dissolving on the night’s tongue
like sherbet.

The Earth grips more loosely now,
the ice and forest lost.
It watches me – milky stain
on the sky’s miasma –
asking why I leave.
Why I still come back.
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            [wpcf-summary-description] => This poem is commended in the moon challenge on Young Poets Network (YPN), judged by Nii Parkes.
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            [title] => Jack Cooper
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            [content] => Jack is the third-prize winner of the Carol Ann Duffy challenge on Young Poets Network, judged by Mari Hughes-Edwards, celebrating Duffy's legacy as Poet Laureate. He is also commended in the Bletchley Park challenge, judged by So Mayer; commended in the moon poetry challenge, judged by Nii Parkes; commended again in the Mary Wollstonecraft challenge, written and judged by Bee Rowlatt of the Mary on the Green campaign; commended in the Timothy Corsellis Prize 2019; and commended in August challenge #3 on meta-poetry, written and judged by Foyle Young Poet Danique Bailey in 2019.
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    [content] => Jack is the third-prize winner of the Carol Ann Duffy challenge on Young Poets Network, judged by Mari Hughes-Edwards, celebrating Duffy's legacy as Poet Laureate. He is also commended in the Bletchley Park challenge, judged by So Mayer; commended in the moon poetry challenge, judged by Nii Parkes; commended again in the Mary Wollstonecraft challenge, written and judged by Bee Rowlatt of the Mary on the Green campaign; commended in the Timothy Corsellis Prize 2019; and commended in August challenge #3 on meta-poetry, written and judged by Foyle Young Poet Danique Bailey in 2019.
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Wane

Jack Cooper

The Earth held tight to what it had been given;
those clear skies, that startling life.
It held me to be a woman, gravity-bound.
Wife with no husband, mother to the stars.
A goring crescent.
Sharp slice of lithium consuming itself.

I was Selene and Sina, stray Chang’e,
a goddess dissolving on the night’s tongue
like sherbet.

The Earth grips more loosely now,
the ice and forest lost.
It watches me – milky stain
on the sky’s miasma –
asking why I leave.
Why I still come back.