Category / 2016 / Fall 2016 / Poetry

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  • are you of my // Ben Casey

    Ben Casey, a Greenville College student, received honorable mention for this year’s Fall Contest, with his poem “are you of my”.

  • Poetry Sucks by Jack Dawdy

    The winner of this year’s Fall Contest is Jack Dawdy. Jack Dawdy, who is a junior at Greenville College, submitted spoken word called “Poetry Sucks”.

  • Loneliness Verses Solitude

    Author: Elizabeth Nisly Junior at Bluffton high school Live Arts Contest | High School Poetry _________________________________________________________________________________________ Divided by a narrow line Soft and light and hard to see The nuances are very fine Both involving only me Craving one, I fear the other Solitude’s uglier brother I fear no one will ever see All the finer points of…

  • Enter Please

    Author: Lily Hauge Sophomore at New Orleans Center of Creative Arts 2nd place Live Arts Contest | High School Poetry _________________________________________________________________________________________ Please, Excuse the mess. The shutters are falling off, The wooden walls are rotting, And the roof, Oh! The russet stained metal roof, Surely, it’s rusting away. Vegetation, There is none. The drought took it away, Along…

  • For No Apparent Reason

    Author: Sydney Osterday Senior at Shasta High School Honorable Mention Live Arts Contest | High School Poetry _________________________________________________________________________________________ Sometimes it hits me, And suddenly I’m overwhelmed with grief and sorrow that seems to come from an unknown place within; perhaps an incarnate knowledge of terrible things to come, But what do I have to be sad about, really?… What…

  • Paul - Spoken Word

    Paul’s Spoken Word | One

    Author: Bilori Paul Sophomore at Rock Island High School Honorable Mention Live Arts Contest | High School Poetry | Spoken Word _________________________________________________________________________________________ One It was like I was stuck in two different worlds 2008 I surely thought I was Superman Flying to Krypton, my planet. Sadly I crashed in the United States. I was an alien from a…

  • No More

    Author: Imoni Brooks Senior at Da Vinci Design High School Honorable Mention Live Arts Contest | High School Poetry _________________________________________________________________________________________ I hate the city. It’s a convenience for transportation and what not, but it’s not for me. I crave adventure. I crave the feeling and rush of exploration. I want to walk barefoot in the woods, not…

  • Stars

    Excuse Me

    Author: Lexi Baysinger Undergraduate Junior at Greenville College 3rd place Live Arts Contest | Undergrad Poetry _________________________________________________________________________________________ “I love that you’re that kind of black person” Excuse me? “You just don’t take offence to my jokes, I love that about you.” Excuse you. “Can I touch your hair?” Look at my face and dare to ask again. “Come…

  • time’s waltz

    Author: Mandy Pennington Undergraduate Freshman at Greenville College 2nd place Live Arts Contest | Undergrad Poetry _________________________________________________________________________________________ time’s waltz hourglass beach sand trickling trickling like falling off a cliff the tiny grains scream the loss of time ticking they used to live under rough, tan feet swept in and out by turquoise cascades violent some…

  • Salted

    Author: Madeline Kohlberg Undergraduate Senior at Greenville College 1st place Live Arts Contest | Undergrad Poetry _________________________________________________________________________________________ Salted you feel as though you’ve lost it, lying on a bed of broken ice – walk turned snap on a starless night blood stuck to nails and ice on face – blue ice crunches under swollen limits…

  • Him

    Author: Eliza Newman Year: Junior at USC 2nd place Live Arts Contest     Him   You fall in love Faster than a calendar changes pages It happens so over and over again   That it stops being love   But it’s not quite lust either You don’t fawn over bodies and breasts You fawn…

  • Secrets of the House

    Author: Kaleigh DePetro Grade: 11th at Woodbridge Senior High School 2nd place Live Arts Contest     Secrets of the House   There are secrets in this house. I can feel them whispering with every creak of the floor boards, Paintings with wandering eyes. Things that disappear, Gone, without a trace. I know things I…

  • Leaf in the Fall

    Author: Lexi Baysinger Year: Sophomore at Greenville College   Leaf in the Fall It had been a good year. I still remember unfolding from the bud that I started out as on this wonderful oak tree. It was a good caregiver, my home tree. It provided just the right amount of water to help me…

  • Rooted

    Author: Annie Reyes Year: Sophomore at Greenville College   Rooted She resembled an oak tree. Tethered by the seasons that carved their initials unto its trunk. Not once shaken by the brutality of a windstorm, nor moved by the flowers that grew beside it. She kept still while the world ran around in circles. Voluntarily…

  • Black and White

    Author: Sophie Jupillat Year: Senior at Rollins College  Black and White Black high heels clicking on the smooth cement, white from the morning sun White collared shirt, with shadows black, the pencil skirt black. Black pillow of the night with the white gibbous moon resting on its black surface White, white head of the moon…

  • Ghost

    Author: Haley Lunde Grade: 12th at Carlton High School 1st place Live Arts Contest   Ghost As I sat in the school hall this morn’ I took notice of the wakening rise, Making the school seem old and worn. As that light just rightly tilted against the floors, Dusty old ghost prints made their way…

  • I AM WHO I AM

    Writer: Kelsey Kirk Year: Graduate from Shorter University   I AM WHO I AM   El Shaddai, The Lord God Almighty, Our Sustainer; El Elyon, the Most High God; The Extreme Sovereignty and Majesty; Adonai, Lord Master, Not to be taken in vain; Yahweh, Lord Jehovah, He is who He is; Jehovah Raah, The Lord…

  • A Welsh Confession

    Name: Heather Burdsall Undergrad at Messiah College 1st place Live Arts Contest       A Welsh Confession   It’s not on the hillside I find him Anointing lambs’ wounds with oil. I can’t find him with the filthy, Cupping their faces in his hands. Not even in the boathouse, ready To loosen the rope…

  • The Plague of Winter

    Name: Colby Rouchka Grade: 11th at Edwardsville High School 1st place Live Arts Contest The Plague of Winter As the brisk winds wash over the earth, Death becomes abundant. As the plague of winter courses upon him, He knows this is the end.   For him, and many others like him, death comes slowly. It…

  • Poem

    By Kristi Reindl I stand among them. The smiles painted in my memory. Our steps have intertwined, now joined once more for the march. The call. A firm shake. And in a moment, I’m on the other side among cheers and lifted palms. Their tassels rain down in accomplishment, assurance. I stand too, but only…