BINSEY POPLAR PRESS
A mosaic of poetry, art, and prose that cultivates student voices
OUR STUDENT WORK
Binsey Poplar Press
THIS IS JUST TO SAY
The round-bellied sun lulls at the top of its arc, flecks of creamy white lazily sprawled in a halo about it. The plum branches bow down to the ground, buckling under the weight of bursting fruit. A dog lies supine across the patch of grass under the awning, heat rolling off of it in waves, batting a heavy paw at a passing butterfly.
Across the street, the quietude shivers and bends around a parasol, carrying with it a whitedraped girl. Canvas shoes stifle the left-right-left-right of pigeon-toed feet. Quiet, she exists quietly.
Except, she doesn’t.
SPOTLIGHTED STUDENT ART
'Baridegi' by Seo Won Yun
:Seo Won Yun is a rising senior at Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut. She often draws inspiration from the works of Kurt Vonnegut, mythologies from around the world, and soft rock or folk musicians--namely Lou Reed and The Oh Hellos. Her work has been published on “Girls Right the World” and "Blue Marble Review". In her free time, she enjoys making odd menageries, embroidering, making failed attempts at sewing, drawing, and catching up on Modern Family. She will major in Theatre Design and Production in college.
BY EDWARD ZHANG
EDWARD ZHANG is currently a Junior at Palo Alto High School in California. He has won two Scholastic Art & Awards and earned a Certificate of special recognition in his district's Congressional Art Competition. Edward enjoys using acrylics to depict portraits and human figures. Additionally, he writes articles about foreign policy for his school's Agora magazine. In his free time, he walks his dog Snowy.
This stunning piece was created by our Graphic Design Editor, Sophie Han, as a final piece in her Graphic Design class. Han created this piece using Photoshop.
BE PART OF OUR NEXT VOLUME!
We're looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essays, and art created by talented students.
At Binsey Poplar Press, we want to provide students ages 13-26 a place to share their thoughts and feelings through stellar works of poetry, prose and art. There is no theme for submissions, but we encourage you to select your best works to submit to the journal. Binsey establishes a one-on-one connection with everyone who submits by providing feedback on each work we receive, whether we choose to accept or decline them, to help burgeoning artists and writers improve their crafts. We seek to promote a love of writing and art across the world, and to provide the opportunity for students to see themselves as published writers. Make sure to spread the word, and to encourage other writers and artists to submit!
"When my grandfather died last summer, we burned his clothes at sunset. In the rice paddy in front of the family house—after harvesting season, when there were no more green blades peeping through the water—my cousins set down a burn barrel. A lit match fell from my uncle’s roughened fingertips. I watched as smoke spiraled upwards from the inside, climbing higher and higher until flames finally emerged."
SPOTLIGHTED STUDENT WRITING
"This work is a reflection on my experience as an Asian-American teenager through the lens of my grandfather's funeral. I discuss the struggle between being Asian and being American, and how those two halves mesh together in an imperfect way."