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Jane Ozkowski

Updated: Fri, 16 May 2014 01:52 am

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Jane Ozkowski was the winner of the Broken Social Scene Story Contest. Her work has appeared on The Walrus Blog, in Poetry is Dead, as well as in a variety of online magazines. She can be found online at and in real life in Toronto.


Sometimes We Try Sometimes we try not to think about how scared we are of ourselves, how our rooms smell after a night out and the taste of the bean burrito we had for breakfast. We try to be nice to each other and buy each other americanos and listen. We are trying to remember what it was like to hold hands and kiss like we did before this mania overtook us. We try to say the things that seem true to us and to listen. We try to listen. We are trying to be sincere and have feelings and say things and buy each other americanos. We are trying to listen.

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 5th Oct 2014 15:55

re ''In bits'' like Barney at Mo's? Tommy

'Barney is a character in 'The Simpsons' and 'Mo's' is a bar.

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Dominic James

Sat 4th Oct 2014 22:43

I love the way your sample piece tumbles over itself: trying to listen as the self-observant stuff worries us, despite ourselves. Whether reporting a romance or just, trying to listen, the poem has a good hold on that fractured quality that can invade our thoughts, this mania. I think it is a very good poem.

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 16th May 2014 14:55

Hello Jane

Welcome to Write Out Loud.

We're really looking forward to reading your work. I know that you will be warmly welcomed by fellow WOL-ers here on the site.
It's good to see that you've added a picture to your profile, it’s good to see what our fellow poets look like.
Have a good browse around the site, there’s lots going on and if you have the time make some comments about the work of other poets please feel free. It’s the best way to get some constructive feedback about your own work too.
Any problems, please ask. There’s always someone who’ll get back to you. It’s a friendly place, so welcome once again.

Graham Sherwood

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