Belfast poetry contest winners announced

Posted Sept. 19, 2010, at 9:19 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Luise Van Keuran of Clark Island recently was named the winner of the second annual Maine Postmark Poetry Contest with her poem titled “Jetsam.”

The contest judge, Arielle Greenberg, professor of poetry at Columbia College in Chicago and author and editor of several books of poetry, selected “Registry of Memories” by Justine Denny of Portland as the runner-up.

“Jetsam” plays off the difference between two ways of living in the world — between wandering and staying home, between the ships and sailors that came to our shores over the centuries and the natives who never left. The end of the poem dissipates the difference dissipated, for “we all” are “buffeted by tide or squall.” The details of the first 17 lines give way to the metaphoric universals of the last lines, and the poem brilliantly changes diction and syntax between the two almost sonnetlike sections.

The winning poet has been asked to read her poem to start off the always-enjoyable round robin that precedes the festival’s Art and Poetry Gallery Walk at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Waterfall Arts. The runner-up and other top poets also are invited to read at Old Home Night at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Belfast Free Library. Both readings are open to all poets.

For more information and a full schedule of the Belfast Poetry Festival, visit www.belfastpoetry.com.

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