New Bus Poem Winners Announced
You’ve thumbed though that volume of Neruda but have never committed to more than a few pages. You have that one poem earmarked – the one about a lemon. Other poems have caught your eye, but none received a folded corner. Other books are scattered about the house. A few on the lower shelf of the nightstand; three on the dining room table; one on the shelf in the hall; two on the coffee table, in front of the television. You’ve wandered through those pages slowly, often forgetting your place and refusing to use bookmarks. It’s enough to own them, you sometimes think. It’s enough to let ambition have its way with your wallet and convince you of your greatness. Often, it’s enough to touch the covers. Some smooth and shiny, some ridged and indented. Most are unread and cherished. Most are over-designed, you think. You’ve been known to say, The cover is the first poem in the book. Whenever you set yourself to read – usually, and to your detriment, allowing too long a time – something taps you on the shoulder and shows you things that you must hold at bay. Tomorrow’s sprint to the office. A slip up from years ago, yet to be fully forgiven. Your spouse’s handwriting on the grocery list, intimately mixed with yours. When reading, all of those things go in the pocket at the back of your notebook. Close but away.
The winners of our June submission call for The Poetry Route have been determined! The theme for this round was “Local Harvest”. We received MILLIONS of entries! If you believe that one, I’d like to invite you to view the banana farm that I have in my back yard. The submission call response was stronger than your resolve at the bakery counter, stronger than a thresher’s low gear, stronger than a mint leaf in a pot of tea, stronger than…
Anyway, we had a blast going through the entries and everybody sent their finest work. We’d like to thank all the poets who really “planted” their “finest crops” on us. Only four were chosen, and the winners can be found here. Congratulations to the four: Stephen T Berg, Kim Mannix, Shirley Serviss, and Ann Sutherland.