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Samantha Thornhill

Years: 2003, 2004, 2006


Trinidadian born Samantha Thornhill wrote her first poem at 11.  She earned her Bachelors in creative writing from FSU & her Masters in poetry from UVA. As a performance poet, she has travelled as far as South Africa. Samantha teaches poetry to actors in training at the Juilliard School.  She lives in Brooklyn.


House of the Rising Daughter



Give thanks to your mansion

of a mama in that cold square room


the push and pull of breath

that brought you round the bend


On the shores of our regret

we celebrate you    angel—


the future needs you

to star in its story


Your face a rising sun clotted

with beauty’s blood—your first

glass ceiling so perfectly shattered


Watch how you pounce the horizon—

closed eyes blind with light


ever shining


Head first

into a temple of gloves

hair wet and tangled with

the fury of your coming


Welcome angel

to this crash landing life  


Your battle cry joins the symphony