Three poems by Puschart Prize Nominee Joyce E. Young.
The Lake County Bloom and Lake County Poet Laureate/Bloom Poet in Residence are excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Poetry of the Body Contest! Contest winners will have their poems published in the Lake County Bloom and will receive cash prizes; $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place respectively. We received a wonderful variety of submissions and thank everyone who shared their creativity on this important topic. We will continue to sponsor quarterly poetry contests with different themes! Follow us on social media or keep an eye out on our website for upcoming contests.
The EPIC Poetry Contest committee is proud to announce the first winner in the EPIC Poetry Contest 2021, “In the Know,” by Pamela Bordisso. By winning Week 1 of the EPIC Poetry Contest Pamela will receive a $100 gift card, a graphic design of her entry to be promoted on social media, as well as eligibility to be part of the final round of the contest. Pamela’s poem won by popular vote according to a polling method on Zoom. All members of the community are welcome to enter and encouraged to vote for a winner at the end of each event. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Green my world, springtime green tangled wild, verdant lush, sun-glossed green. Lustrous leaves polished in jade, pendulous crystals lighting the way through green velvet pinions of broody hen trees, ruffling against a satin-cool breeze deep in this forest pearl shimmer green. Where whirling, twirling tendrils of spring extend their banners welcoming me in echoed murmurous […]
Humans have always been curious and restless creatures enduring untold hardship into uncharted seas Is it a human instinct that necessitates these pilgrimages of humankind’s history The quest for knowledge is a powerful draw- As magnetically forceful as the fierce drive the salmon must feel as it is pulled relentlessly up the stream to its […]
rain snakes along window panes in tiny beating streams tap-tapping against the roof and walls while I read words on the page another steady flow– “a note was sent to the warden begging his attendance…” I slip along this tale and dream, rain tap-tapping against window panes; outside, the sky shifts light, swinging a cloak […]
Let them say the meadow of my heart blossomed in the summer, burst forth in colorful, robust bunches, gleamed– let them say my heart’s woodlands were carpeted and bloomed vividly in the spring. Let them say my heart was a cornucopia, a proud, sturdy host, an open-mouthed vessel which filled itself over and over again. […]
It wasn’t fall when he died, closer to winter’s heart, when birds abandon bare trees, dew sets forth its layers. No delicate blossoms lined our path, none of spring’s hopeful renewal, just tired trudging, winter’s dirty boots, a sterile hospital room unfit for a two year old’s play. He unhinged from existence, a blazing gold […]
To see the places where I am from Stretches the senses back farther than my birth Back into the warm waters where I was formed Back into the waiting seed carried inside her Carried inside my Grandmother Who was carried inside her mother Stretching back like a house of mirrors Smaller and smaller images of […]
Let us fall in love slowly turning our lives gently as pages in a cherished book. Let us not betray the slightest punctuation or rhythm of thought. Let us take time to love, to leisurely bathe in Nereid depths of clear-eyed emotion . . . tracing the symmetry of our passion across well-thumbed pages read […]
As anyone reading this may already know: on January 20th, 2021, the role of the inaugural poet returned to the White House for the first time since the Obama Administration. Amanda Gorman, the first Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, read her poem The Hills We Climb for President Elect Joseph Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris’ inauguration. Amanda Gorman wowed us her with poise and eloquence. She inspired us with her spoken word and her message of unity and resilience. In a move most if not all poets would applaud, she offered respect and remembrance to the great Maya Angelou who once was also an inaugural poet. Above all, she motivated an innumerable population of Americans to want to read poetry, to write poetry – the ultimate goal of a poet laureate.