Editor's Note: "O" by Anne Marie Rooney is the winner of ABJECTIVE's A Contest. Entrants were asked to submit text that contained no more than one character. A Contest was a call for artists and writers to tap into the creative potential hidden within the communicative properties of language at a fundamental level. For me, "O" realizes the spirit of this contest in the most absolute way.
Anne Marie Rooney is an MFA candidate at Cornell University. She won this year's Iowa Review Award for Poetry, as well as 2nd place in Narrative Magazine's first annual poetry contest, and honorable mention in The Atlantic's Student Writing Contest. She was also a finalist for the Morton Marr Poetry Prize, and her chapbook "Shiner" was short-listed in Bateau Press's BOOM Competition. Her work has appeared in Columbia, Ninth Letter, the Best New Poets 2008 anthology, and elsewhere.