Journalism in Verse – EST. 2016



in Europe/World by

for Meghan Markle

This poem is the press
This line the Daily Mail
This caesura – your father
These letters your letter

This stanza breaks
Like the shutter
Of a super telephoto lens

And this alliteration
Is afterthought arising
Around Archie – your agony

These metaphors
Are your brown eyes
Elegant script
Under saddened brows
Washed over
By flattering streams

This verse is free
Of meter and rhyme
Donning its fancy title
Like your cocktail hats

And this stanza resembles
The Pont de l’alma tunnel

Unlike your feather-soft heart
Of new wife and mother
This poem is not vulnerable
And will never hear your words
Thank you for asking

This poem is the press
Writing you without you
Breaking lines like stories
No one should read



Candice Kelsey‘s work has appeared in such journals as Poet Lore, The Cortland Review, and North Dakota Quarterly. She was a finalist for Poetry Quarterly’s Rebecca Lard Award and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first full-length manuscript is forthcoming.


Prince Harry and Meghan stepping away from “senior” royal roles
[CBS News]

Harry and Meghan Won’t Play the Game
[The Atlantic]

Meghan says ‘not many people have asked if I’m OK’
[ITV News]

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