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Signing the poetry poster.

Two years ago one of my poems was selected by Winston-Salem Writers’ ‘Poetry in Plain Sight’ program. The program pairs poems by North Carolina writers on posters in restaurants and retail spaces throughout Winston-Salem’s downtown area. Another one of my poems “Hourglass” was selected this year. It was included among the poems of three other poets for the month of July.

WSW writers now hosts quarterly events to gather the poets selected each month for a reading and poster signing. Over the weekend, myself, Ross White, Kathy Ackerman, Helen Losse, Maura Way, David Poston, Gabrielle Freeman, Scott Owens, John Thomas York, Joseph Mills, and Maria Ingram Braucht read at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center in Winston-Salem. (Alan Michael Parker was also included in the program this past quarter, but was unable to attend.)

If you are a resident of North Carolina, check out the poetry submission guidelines. There is no fee to enter.

Here is my recently selected poem:

Hourglass

seems the grain of my life
and the grain of yours

shifted

at one moment we shared the same sun
then you were

pinched

in the waist of the hourglass
after I fell through

buried
under
so
many
others

until a force beyond ourselves
set you free
and brought you back to me

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