Original poetry by R. V. Schmidt
Poetry of the Outliers Second Place poem: We Aren’t Really Outliers, You Are Just Afraid, So You Think We Are – by Mia Ruiz
Clear Lake Campground rests on the edge of Cache Creek and has welcomed visitors for decades. RVs, tents, and trailers stretch along the creek’s banks. Kids play ping pong under the covered patio; an older couple sits in their foldup chairs, sipping on coffee. It’s another summer Saturday at the campground. But there’s excitement near the office, where Lisa Wilson, owner of Clear Lake Campground, Georgina Marie, Lake County Poet Laureate, and Gary Maes, the mastermind behind the Main St. Poetry Boxes, check the alignment of the newest poetry box. You may have bumped into a poetry box while wandering down Main Street in Kelseyville or wandered by one in Middletown. There, if you take a second, you’ll notice a well-made wooden box mounted to a wall, a poem tacked inside. It’s all part of a plan to spread poetry throughout the county.
In the second episode, Georgina Marie discusses poetry with poet and Alameda Poet Laureate Kimi Sugioka. Kimi is an educator and poet. She earned an MFA from Naropa University and has published two books of poetry; the newest of which is Wile & Wing on Manic D Press. She is the poet laureate of Alameda, California, and her work appears in various anthologies including Civil Liberties United, Endangered Species Enduring Values, Colossus: Home, and The City is Already Speaking Vol. 4.