Winner of the May 2018 Poem of the Month Contest, Annette Gagliardi

Every month, Cosmographia partners with to publish a "transcendent" poem plus offer the winning poet a $50 prize.

Annette Gagliardi is the winner of the Poem of the Month Contest, May 2018.

Annette has been writing poetry since the early 1980s and has been published in various magazines, area newspapers, and anthologies, and has won poetry awards. She visits elementary classrooms and shares poetry lessons, writing, and gives talks about her two children’s books. You can learn more about her at

This World Is a Grave

by Annette Gagliardi

It was Jude Nutter who wrote,

“The world is a grave. With all its exits

barred.”* And I wondered

how she knew at such a young age

the vagaries of existence –

the desolation and destruction.

I wondered how she knew the cost

of living a life that seems daily like a death –

our contrite confessions aside, there must be more

that allows us to soar above our mundane

toil than this coiled, curling crypt.

I wondered how anyone ever knew

this and why more of us are not scarred

or scared shitless.

-read the whole poem at

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