May 2001

Julia Forster


Julia Forster, although she's only been writing since 1998, won the Derek Walcott Prize for Creative Writing in 2000 while at the University of Warwick, England. After graduation, she went to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she's currently writing her portfolio to complete a Masters in Creative Writing and dreaming of having enough time, space, and money to complete her novel in New York.

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You found poetry in postmarks. You tore
these finite ink circles from their homebound envelopes
to be stuffed into filing cabinet drawers in
rigid, faultless, alphabetical order.

I liked the magnetic letters that could create their own town
and would still make sense upside down or under
the rattling fridge. These could be i and !, u and n
at the same time, as well as holding up envelopes, unopened.



Julia Forster: Poetry
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