You'll Love This Book If:
- You are passionate about poetry
- You are an aspiring poet
- You enjoy reading poems
Have you ever read a poem about a chair, the ocean, bluegrass music, time, or holding hands? You can read poems about all of these topics and more with the 7th Annual Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Collection. This exclusive book features the top 50 winning entries from the 7th Annual Writer's Digest Poetry Competition, including our first-place winner, Linda Neal Reising who writes about why she likes bluegrass music. Take a relaxing breath, sit back, kick up your feet, open to page one and start reading these fantastic poems — buy the WD Poetry Awards Collection today!
Our Competition's First Place Winner's Poem:
An Educated Woman Explains Why She Likes Bluegrass
by Linda Neal Reising
Because a fiddle can cry honey
or shapeshift into the Wabash Cannonball,
chugging its arrival
or whistling through a crossing
in some by-passed Ozark town.
Because a banjo plunks
like hail on a tin roof,
covering a barn with weathered sides.
Or like drops, fat and dull,
plopping into a zinc bucket, set below
the eaves to catch rain water.
Because a guitar can speak
with a country accent,
hum about mockingbirds and murders,
long for girls with names
like Sally Goodin, Liza Jane, Sweet Fern.
Because a mandolin quivers,
a timid soul, fluttering
like the wings of a blackbird
trapped inside a stone chimney.
Because the voices lift so high
and lonesome they drift,
suspended like Blue Ridge fog
just before fading to sun.
A Word From Robert Lee Brewer
"I fell for Reising’s poem from the opening lines. Whether through the repetition of because to open every stanza or using perfect metaphors to describe the individual elements of a bluegrass tune, this poem takes a familiar topic and plays with it—making the whole enterprise more beautiful in the process.”
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