Why do you write poetry?

is the icebreaker of nightmares,

an answerless multiplicity

of syllables and dreamscapes that coalesce

the same as white tees and red wine. 

There is only coincidence beneath

every great love story

and this is no exception. 

Why because my mother worked nights

and laid to rest as I woke. 

My sprightly, boyish words 

had nowhere to go 

but the page. 

There are one million other

accidental reasons. 

Thomas Griffith

Thomas Griffith, a Yooper turned Wisconsinite turned Wolverine, is a midwestern poet studying Creative Writing and Literature and Political Science. Thomas often finds himself ensnared by the little things, for better or worse, and spends hours finding ways to intertwine these marginal observations with midwestern imagery. No, Thomas does not have a Yooper accent. Yes, Thomas swears Frank Ocean is a poet as much as he is a musician. Thomas' section, "Pondering Ann", seeks to encapsulate the conscious interaction between mind and self within Ann Arbor, offering a glimpse into the momentous intersections of thought and present reality. If he could capture his work in one phrase or sentiment, it would be: "Live a little, but do it in Ann Arbor".

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