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February 22, 2018

It’s almost time…
The annual submission window for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will open a week from today, Thursday, March 1, 2018, and remain open until 6:00pm, Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Early and late submissions will be disqualified.

This would be an excellent time to review the submission guidelines and make sure your poem does not exceed the line count or character count.

Whatcom County poets, on your mark…

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We love this Whatcom Talk article about Susan J. Erickson, poet, artist, and from-the-ground-up supporter and committee member for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. Susan’s book, Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine (Winner, Brick Road Poetry Book Contest 2015), is a deft and dazzling collection of poems written in the voices of women whose names may be familiar and whose perspective, via Erickson, is entirely unique.

meet the judges!

January 5, 2018

The 2018 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest won’t start accepting submissions for until March 1, 2018, but in anticipation of that date, you might want to acquaint yourself with the two distinguished poets who will serve as the 2018 contest judges: Richard Widerkehr and Jane Wong.

Richard Widerkehr’s new book of poems, In The Presence Of Absence, recently came out from MoonPath Press. He earned his M.A. from Columbia University and won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan. He has one other collection of poems, The Way Home (Plain View Press), and three chapbooks, including Her Story of Fire (Egress Studio Press). Tarragon Books published his novel, Sedimental Journey. Recent work has appeared in Rattle, Arts & Letters, Bellevue Literary Review, and Measure. Other work is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, The MacGuffin, and Chiron Review.

Jane Wong’s poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, Pleiades, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Bread Loaf. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016).

Colluvium*

November 19, 2017


2017 Walk Award
By Dee Dee Chapman

Don’t call it a landslide.

Call it a cascade, if you must name it.

The fracture won’t stand there forever.
It spins itself smooth of you.

The detritus’ rich nutrients,
despite frost action and soil creep.

How does that charismatic rhizome
find holes to take hold in, mold its roots ’round?

We’re not supposed to be balloons, but colluviums.
Waste, land-filled, wistful for landscapes.

If only we knew how to fall upon the mountain
instead of pretending we’re sure-footed.

I bet it would feel like flying long enough to believe
we’re more than pebbles that leapt.

I bet it would feel intentional
like blood flow after tourniquet’s release.

. . . . .
Dee Dee Chapman received her BA in Creative Writing at Western Washington University in Spring of 2016. She has been published in From Bellingham With Love, The Noisy Water Review and Jeopardy Magazine. In September 2014 she self-published her first chapbook, Colluvium. Bellingham has been her home for eight years, the longest she’s stayed in one place. She is a cinephile and her favorite animal is the prehistoric Megalodon shark.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2017 by Dee Dee Chapman. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

more poetry workshops!

November 13, 2017

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, two poetry workshops will benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.

From 10:00am to Noon, Megan Spiegel (left, above) will offer Text + Image: A Hybrid Poetry Studio.

From 1:00 to 3:00pm, Ely Shipley (right, above) will offer Presence Through Poetry.

The workshops, which cost $30 each or $50 for both, will be held at the Chuckanut Center in Fairhaven Park. Advance registration is required: send an email with your name, phone number, and workshop(s) you wish to take, to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com. Pay with check or cash at the workshop and be sure to bring writing materials.

Read the complete workshop descriptions and instructor bios on the Workshops page.

Since You Ghosted*

November 12, 2017


2017 Merit Award
By Darian Karuza

The sun is a mosquito zapper
sizzling on the veranda,
calving Earth’s shadow
over a lawn of dewy comets.
I am the chrysalis duskywing
ascending latticework to its warmth.

I passed your cross
on the shoulder of the parkway
the other day. It sent crushed ice
sliding down my spine. Who
was Caroline? I can barely remember.

Maybe, what we call a phantom
is just someone’s fiery iron
mass now cast
as a cool brown dwarf,
a shade of human heat,
calfprints in memory
foam,
                    gravity wells
of a supergone black hole,
an unthawable head cold.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2017 by Darian Karuza. Broadside illustrated by Mat Hudson.

Sudden Thoughts*

November 5, 2017


2017 Merit Award
By Aysha Burney, 11th Grade

She was like a Sour Patch Kid
Sour without sleep, then sweet
So innocent, and loving
Shaped like a plumb who
Sat in the chair from
Sunday to Monday
Sadness appeared when
She left my life
Soaring in the sad grey sky
Say goodbye to the love of my life
                         Rest in peace, Grandma

. . . . .
*Copyright 2017 by Aysha Burney. Broadside illustrated by Mat Hudson.

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