Tuesday, May 11, 2010

¡POETRY! Call for Goodreads' June Contest

Reposted from Poetics list: Goodreads and the ¡Poetry! group have partnered to create a contest to select a new poem each month for the Goodreads newsletter. 
  1. Post your best poem (*one poem per person*) as a "comment" to the "call" post at the ¡Poetry! group discussion on Goodreads. CLICK HERE to post your poem 
  2. Goodreads and our three judges, Wendy Babiak, Andrew Haley, and Ruth Bavetta, will select six poems as finalists to be voted on by the Goodreads community.
  3. ¡Poetry! group members will vote for the poem they like best (one vote per member). The poem with the most votes will be published in the Goodreads' newsletter – distributed each month to more than 2.5 million people! 
** If you have been a finalist more than three times in a year, you may not enter a poem for one year.

Good luck & please post your best work!

Amy King
¡Poetry! Moderator


  1. In Break Formation

    The indications used to come
    like movie fighter planes in break
    formation, one by one, the perfect
    plummet, down and out. This time they’re

    slower. But after supper, when I hear
    her in the kitchen hum again, hum
    higher, higher, till my ears are

    numb, I remember how it was
    the last time: how she hummed
    to Aramaic peaks, flung
    supper plates across the kitchen
    till I brought her by the shoulders

    humming to the chair.
    I remember how the final days
    her eyelids, operating on their own,
    rose and fell, how she strolled
    among the children, winding tractors,
    hugging dolls, how finally

    I phoned and had them come again,
    how I walked behind them
    as they took her by the shoulders,
    house dress in the breeze, slowly

    down the walk and to the curbing,
    watched them bend her in the back
    seat of the squad again,

    how I watched them pull away
    and heard again the parliament
    of neighbors talking.

    Donal Mahoney

  2. Thanks Donal for sharing your poem.

    Are you going to submit it to the Goodreads contest too? If so, please remember that you need to submit directly to the Goodreads poetry forum page at the link in the main post.


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