The Little Portion Literary Magazine


Mr. Hafker
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Update for: The Little Portion Literary Magazine

St. Francis Prep's literary arts magazine since 1957 consists of a staff of approximately 20 students who meet Tuesdays and discuss and evaluate student-submitted poems and short stories.  Artwork and photographs from Prep's art students are also submitted for review.  An annual reading and open mic takes place every May in the library to celebrate the release of our new issue.  

Students interested in submitting their work should email it directly to Mr. Hafker at and write LP SUBMISSION on the subject line.  Don't forget to include your Cor #. Work is shown to the staff anonymously so the judging is fair.

Please note:  All submitted work must have copious amounts of original imagery and metaphors/similes, a clear speaker and setting.  AVOID BEING VAGUE.  AVOID CLICHE.  Avoid rhyming because it can make your poem sound like a cheesy pop song or greeting card message (when you're trying to rhyme you're avoiding the true line that should follow. It takes many years of writing and reading poetry to be able to do it successfully).  Remember--poetry is the best words in their best order...

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.  

Mary Oliver


Want to discover some great poetry I think you'll love?  Google the following:  Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Stephen Dobyns, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Jane Kenyon, Marie Howe, Hafiz, Kabir, Kim Addonizio, Czeslaw Milosz, Jeffrey McDaniel, Charles Bukowski, William Stafford, Naomi Shihab Nye, Dana Gioia, Li Po, Rainer Maria Rilke, Yehuda Amichai, Eugenio Montale, Jack Gilbert, Octavio Paz, Thomas Lux...