Beatrix Kim '23 won third place in the 2021 Fighting Words Poetry Contest, an international Pulitzer Center competition for students in grades K–12. Kim's poem, "when we are at sea," was selected from over 725 entries from eleven countries and twenty states. In addition to a cash prize, Kim's poem is featured on the Pulitzer Center website.
The Fighting Words Poetry Contest challenged young poets to write a poem in response to a Pulitzer Center news story and integrate lines from the story into their verses. Kim's poem draws inspiration from "Purgatory at Sea," a story by Ian Urbina reporting on migrants held on quarantine ships as they attempt to reach Europe.
The judges said, "By putting us right into the sensory and emotional experience of those stuck in a purgatory, between countries on a boat, this young poet deftly prevents the reader's attempts to distance themselves from this troubling material and European culpability."
Congratulations to Kim for this very impressive achievement! Read her poem here.