Excerpt from “Ode to Okra” by Patricia Hope

The Chattanooga Writers’ Guild Anthology, Volume VI is finally here! Included are all of our winning entries from contests held in 2020 and 2021. For our annual contest last year, we tried out a special category called “Creative Culinary Creations” where we invited authors to submit a story or poem centered around food. Patricia Hope’s poem “Ode to Okra” received an Honorable Mention.

Patricia Hope’s award-winning writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Number One, Pigeon Parade Quarterly, 2021 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, The Mildred Haun Review, Liquid Imagination, American Diversity Report, and many others. She lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Here is an excerpt from “Ode to Okra”:

“One very warm year, we had fresh fried okra
for Thanksgiving, gathered from 8-foot stalks.
Strange bedfellow for cranberry and turkey,
its crunchiness, a reminder of last July.”

To read the full poem, pick up your copy of our anthology at one of our upcoming meetings or check out Amazon.com!

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