Check back here on Feb. 1 for information, rules, and guidelines about our 2019 Chapbook Contest!
We all want it, in some way or another. For our words to be indelible, celebrated, and widely read. To write the next “Birches” or “Wild Geese.” To have our poems read aloud into microphones at weddings, funerals, and commencements. To be this generation’s Elizabeth Bishop or John Keats. We want our words to matter; […]
Young poets who have the courage to send their words out into the world always impress me. The first line hooked me. Enjoy! Unknown Worlds By Winter Driving Hawk, Age 14, Pierre, South Dakota Teenage angst is not something I feel Look through the smoke and mirrors And through me you’ll find my pain real […]
A perfect capture of the wind here on the plains. Enjoy! WIND INSTRUMENTS By Candy Hamilton, Oglala In the otherwise silence of the night Night silence The wind bumps its rhythm Against the side of the house And train-whistles against the other The rhythm smooths out To dog howls Then to distinct words That finally […]
I will always love a place poem, especially one about a place I love: the prairie. And, oh! Those last three lines! Showstoppers. Enjoy! THE PEACE OF PRAIRIES By Grace Dickinson Sperling, Oak Park, Ill. To heal my spirit’s ill there seemed no cure; With diligence I searched from pole to pole And grew accustomed […]