Imogen used two articles from The Times Magazine, one about the novelist Suzanne Collins’s dystopian fiction for children, and the other about Value Places, a chain of extended-stay motels for people who have fallen on hard times. Check out the beautiful poem below:
beloved ones drowning in their dishwater-brown world.
Oppressed children, a tortured crew,
sweat and sacrifice.
Mesmerizing dreams, glitzy, gleaming;
Free them from the tragic brutality,
memories like nightmares.
Dark patch behind the 7-Eleven becomes a makeshift haven,
cigarette butts alongside lime rinds sucked dry,
fifty-eight cent doughnuts.
Desensitized voyeurs, youthful monsters exploring violence;
like Theseus in his maze, they battle cliques and crushes.
Fantasy pitted against the realities of loss, survival, sacrifice.
Echoes of suffering, that half-human monster in the night.
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