Two-time Sue Boynton Poetry Contest Walk Award winner (2006 and 2007) and current contest committee chair Luther Allen will read poems and sign copies of his new collection, The View from Lummi Island, on Saturday, September 4, 4:00pm, and Sunday, September 5, 1:00pm, at the Heritage Trust Resource Center, 3560 Sunrise Road, Lummi Island. Book sales will benefit the Lummi Island Heritage Trust and land conservation on Lummi Island. More at http://othermindpress.wordpress.com.
Luther Allen

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Desire*

August 30, 2010

2009 Merit Award
Desire*
By Kimberly Roe

Ride a palomino            across
an alluvial undulation.

Rest your cheek            between
the rolling shoulders,
(his withers sticky with pomegranate
and persimmon).

Into the angel ear          whisper
A mellifluous temptation:

Liberate me.

Beneath the porcelain     bones
a prickly heat.

Allure of phosphorus.

The dazed and luscious
cataclysm of flame.

*Copyright 2009 by Kimberly Roe. This poem is included in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years. Info: Book! Placard design by Egress Studio.

Kimberly Roe

Distance*

August 29, 2010

Placard design by Egress Studio
2006 Walk Award
Distance*
By Jeanne Yeasting

Ahead of me, two figures
walk the beach, their bodies graceful,
true to their shadows. It is easy
to regard them. I gather a stone;
a blue heron glides to a large rock.
How predictable the world seems, your backs
turned toward me, trusting, like friends.
In the distance people are shoveling
some type of clams. It hardly matters which,
the waves unfolding, at my feet.

*Copyright 2006 by Jeanne Yeasting. This poem is included in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years. Info: Book! Placard design by Egress Studio.

the poet’s wisdom

August 28, 2010

“Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.” Don Marquis

Moon*

August 27, 2010

Placard design by Egress Studio
2008 Merit Award
Moon*
By Zachary Masterson, Third Grade

The
Moon floating like a big
Circle
Firework
Waiting for
Someone
To
Light the
Fuse but
It waits and waits

*Copyright 2008 by Zachary Masterson. This poem is included in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years. Info: Book! Placard design by Egress Studio.

August Evening*

August 26, 2010

Placard design by Egress Studio
2007 Merit Award
August Evening*
By Jim Schmotzer

sitting next to Connie
old, hard, wooden stadium benches
red paint, chipped, gouged and peeling
he puts on her sweater
I put on my sweatshirt

band plays hits of some artist
we know little of and care less for
overbearing 80’s synthesizer
annoys me
she doesn’t seem to notice or care

beyond the stage I watch carnival rides
loop, spin and race into the evening
colored lights intensify
sky drifts to darkness

near full moon drifts above the trees
growing smaller as it brightens
yellow to orange to almost white

we come to the fair almost every year
it’s something we do
we learned this spring she has cancer
treatment, fear, hope shadow our days

we talk a bit, decide to leave
I am ready, but hesitate
how many more times we will go to the fair

*Copyright 2007 by Jim Schmotzer. This poem is included in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years. Info: Book! Placard design by Egress Studio.

Placard design by Egress Studio
Poem copyright 2010 by Sierra Golden. This poem is included in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years. Info: Book! Placard design by Egress Studio.
Poem can also be read here.