Thank you, Matt, at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme for hosting this week's round-up. It's fun watching your stack of published books grow taller and taller.
I'm home from my travels and looking forward to the holidays. Being in Williamsburg last week reminded me to invite you to Virginia's annual poetry contest.
The Poetry Society of Virginia annual poetry contest is open to all. Just a few well-marked categories are strictly for Society members and/or Virginia residents. There is a small fee for each entry. Or, one can join the society for the cost of submitting seven poems.
#18 is sponsored by the Williamsburg Poetry Guild and is open to all.
A sense of Place Urquhart Memorial.
"Places— manmade, natural, personal, or historical— inform poetry with the power to evoke the past and transcend the present. Any form. Any subject. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20."
Below is the 3rd place winner of the 2021 Cenie Moon Prize, a category for a poem of any form about a woman or, women with a 48 line limit.
Remember, little sister
when Mom taught us
how to row together?
We took turns
settling into the dinghy’s center seat
trussed up in orange life jackets.
She showed us how to grip,
brace against the oarlocks,
dipping oars into the water--
just a little bit
Snapshots collected of us laughing
concentrating on synchronizing,
plunging too deep
pulling us right off our seats.
Remember that time you breathed, look up
as a pair of blue herons
that today we
wear gold necklaces
with heron pendants
bracing, dipping, pulling--
space for our sisterhood
between our oars.
(c) Linda Mitchell 2021
The deadline for the PSV contest is January 19th, Edgar Allen Poe's birthday. Good luck!
|The Poetry Society of Virginia|
Hamish and I spent some time thinking about the oxen of yesteryear and now while we were in Williamsburg. And, he reminded me to post last week's ox poem. Both poems are on his padlet.