This April, we ran a poetry contest to celebrate National Poetry Month. We challenged you, our readers, to craft a poem using only the words that appeared in one of our newsletters (here are the original contest guidelines if you want to give it a try).
Turns out, you’re all poets and we didn’t even know it. We were beyond thrilled to read the original, creative, and awe-inspiring poems Raleighites created from our newsletter copy. Check out the poems below, including the contest winner our readers voted for.
Winner: “Raleigh poets’ night out” by Anna W.
Sitting in a bar downtown,
back to the sweet,
we wrap another broken day
in a three-course rescue
of close talk
and swap perfect
What happy erasure!
(If you’re trying to take
this is the only way.)
After sundown, we forget
all limitation, practice
this city love-circus nonstop—
our must-dos discontinued,
If you’re looking at us,
we’re looking at you.
Please excuse our dazzling.
Finalist: “Minds & souls as well as just hearts” by Savannah H.
The luminance of a woman
is not unlike the lights of Orion
pressed to an ink-dark night like calligraphy,
dazzling as one sip of a star dust cocktail.
At sundown, the moon of Artemis is calling to you
to the women that walk through
pretty flowers and nonstop rain and cloudy smoke
and stay in the times we are trying to forget.
Finalist: “What it Could Be” by Julia B.
You need to love.
You bring the flowers,
Listen to the music.
It can be simple,
Finalist: “Spring and Summer” by David S.
April will bring spring and summer
Happy hill unleashed their flowers
cloudy night show its treasures
The moon is full and on display
you ready for the rule of May?