P O E T R Y S L A M
COMING This Spring!!!
Tentatively Friday, TBD, 2011
at the Paramount's Art Center's MARQUI ROOM
1401 Winchester Avenue Ashland, KY 41101
B R E N D A M A R T I N
A.K.A. The Apollo Night Emcee
JOSH "J SIZZLE" EGEL
University of Cincinnati Poet
COME AND SNAP OR CLAP
"Bring your poetry or bring your rap."
LIVE ROUND OF LINE BY LINE IMPROMPTU POETRY CREATION!
Entry: $8.00 per person
Free for scheduled performing poets.
TO REGISTER as an Interested Poet:
EMAIL bdrumartin@hotmail; Subject: Poetry. Confirmation will be sent to scheduled performing poets.
For Ages 16 years old and above.
No x-rated poetry or language, etc.
Please share your thoughts and even some of your poetry with us on facebook:
Write a poem that reflects one of the principles of Booker T. Washington, Susan B. Anthony, Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, or Kwanzaa. The poem must be less than 2 pages. There is no fee to enter. Please complete the poetry contest application below. There will be three divisions:
Div. I: 2nd-5th grades; Div. II: 6th-9th grades; Div. III: 10th-College Senior Undergraduate
In each division, First place winners receives 4 movie tickets, Large Popcorn & Soda; Second place receives 2 tickets and combo.
Entries will be judged on Creativity, Understanding the Principle and Positive poetic expression. Entrants can submit up to 3 poems, but only one entry can be a finalist. The best judged poem will be used. Poets will be expected to recite/read their poetry also. Qualifying poetry can be published in our booklet!
Scroll down to Poetry Contest Application.
Please submit your ideas for growing a community garden. This can help to provide food that can be shared with families in need as well as beautify the area. UCAN will contribute $50.00 to at least one project to help to get it started.
Name _____________________________________________Phone ________________
Address ______________________________________________ Zip ______________
Email Address ___________________________________________________________
Organization Representing: ________________________________________________
Community location where considering to grow garden:
Please list what you would like to plant:
Please list organizations where you will offer your produce:
Please copy, complete, paste and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Name ________________________________Phone ________________
Address __________________________________ Zip ______________
Email Address ______________________________________________
School attending ______________________________ Grade_______
School, Community and Church Activities (any offices held & years)
I heard about this contest through ___ My school ___ My church ___ Newspaper
___A Friend ___ Other: ____________________
Entry 1 Title:_______________________________________________
Entry 2 Title: ______________________________________________
Entry 3 Title_______________________________________________
I am submitting my own original work.
Student's Signature: _____________________________________Date: ____________
I, __________________________________, give permission for my (above named) child/myself to compete in this contest and to have his/her/my name, poem and/or excerpts, entrant's picture and/or likeness advertised in UCAN's brochures, website, press releases, etc. The poems/entries will become the property of United Communities to Advance our Neighborhoods, Inc. (UCAN/UCAN, Inc.) and will not be returned. I also understand that decisions on selecting the winners are solely up to UCAN, Inc. and/or any judges selected by UCAN, Inc.
Parent* Signature ___________________________________ Date:_____________(*Student signature, if over 18 years old.)
Complete, copy, paste and email the form along with your poem(s) to email@example.com with the subject: "UCAN Poem" or print the form, complete it and mail it along with your entry to UCAN, Inc, P. O. B. 104, Russell, KY 41169 by April 30, 2010. For more information visit: ucanchange.webs.com.
Thank you for your participation and good sportsmanship!
to its own rhythms,
a poem must breathe,
feel, think, sing,
burst the heavy clouds
of its muddy silence.
a poem forgets to remove its shoes,
plants its feet
in holy ground
a poem carries a nickel bag of my DNA,
recording each step
of my father and mother’s helix duet.
a poem lies, cheats, steals
a poem chooses wisely
but chooses anyhow
knowing its choice is eternal
in the moment.
are my children,
umbilicals severed, floating
Cry if you must. Holding in the tears of pain deepen the seeping of the strain.
Our Father often cries the tears of rain for the pain of His creations.
Tears of love are heaven sent, never to shy away from God's gift of grief or pain.
For without grief or pain, none will know the happiness of the gift of life.
I pray and cry not only for me, not only for others but for the gift to cry from God.
Let the tears from Heaven fall fully upon you and bless you.
It's a gift from God.
" Y Cry II Much?"
of what might have taken their place,
Not knowing why the rain splashes muddy puddles onto my face
The tracks of leakage from God's clouds
revealing what I'm trying to hide,
Too strong for my foolish pride,
don't know how to stop their glide
Dripping down my face, showing no disgrace,
still used to speak of the joys they've known,
whispering of your greatness,
Saltiness leaving a bad taste in my mouth,
of feelings that I ponder if my Father sent
distracted by its bewilderment,
No longer beguiling, Weeping while still smiling,
and the hope of brighter skies,
Life's puddles drawn back to the source
Where the clouds won't burst over my eyes ,
Only the Sun, enlightening blurred visions
Turning big eyes into little you's -
Brenda Martin 1/30/10