Yuri Han is a rising senior at Tenafly, NJ, and creates poetry and art. She has been recognized for her art and writing by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Canvas Literary Journal, and her school's literary magazine Omega. Yuri will study poetry in the 2017 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program. 

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How I have wished to capture deer limb and shoulder
           blade, craning neck, wrinkled hand, wet eye, wet thing. To
capture them all with pitch ink, hoping black lines shock and
           electrify. Drowning bird, bone, river dog sizzling, 
pink scratch, red bloom on sidewalk. I fear to capture faces, afraid
           that, unsatisfied, they’ll haunt me at night as floating
masks, pitchfork in hand. Burn witch with ink, chant. Squint eye, slit
           lip, back plagued with scoliosis, scalp. Collar bone 
sliced diamond. I evade lips, unless chapped or cut or split. Embrace,
           instead, ivory hoof and seed, Buddha’s coneflower, salt,
outdoor tub, swamp rhythm, crumbling wall. Children riddled
           with graphite bubble, laser polygon, frozen marble parent. 
Blue bell tintinnabulation, I pray, sugar effervescence. Garden gnome 
           with constructive criticism, mushroom seat, toad slave. My 
habit of quake before pulling trigger, pulling thread through eye, pulling
           cosmic putty. Origin, thought box—my books when four, pitch
eye stamping red raw ballerina feet, saltwater taffy, cat lapping
           white elixir. How I have wished to capture deer limb
and shoulder blade, craning neck, wrinkled hand, wet eye, wet thing.

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