How not to crash your car and other snow driving tips is based on my mother’s rendition of a car crash she was in when my brother was three years-old, and I was seven years away from being born. I think often of how family stories become as impactful as the actual facts of the events themselves, how they form our sense of place within our family’s particular mythology. View the poem as well as the other great winners here: https://oprelle.com/pages/matter-poetry-contest-2021-winners. Print anthology available May 2022.
Every year, millions of migrating birds lose their lives by flying into windows. We’ve become accustomed to this as an acceptable side effect of modern living. Last week, in a mass death event in Philadelphia, over a thousand songbirds perished as they shattered into buildings. This poem explores that event, our numbness to ecological destruction, and the possibility that our planet is speaking back to us.