Last week, we celebrated Poetry at Work Day, and while the White House didn’t pick up our declaration, a lot of people all over the world celebrated with us, including the Scottish Parliament, ABC News and CBS News, Huffington Post, university libraries, schools, office conference rooms, and all over Twitter and Facebook. Not bad for something that only had its launch in 2013.
Here at Tweetspeak Poetry, in addition to our declaration, we had a giveaway – submit a poem for Poetry at Work Day, and you might win one of five copies of my new book, Poetry at Work (notice the consistent theme). Twelve poets submitted their work. A few had multiple submissions, which was okay since the submission fee was a flat rate of zero (find a poetry contest that can boast that!).
The judging criteria were strictly subjective – and not disclosed. I simply had to figure out which five to pick. It turned out to be more of a problem that I anticipated – I liked all the poems. (I am not making this up just to make everyone feel good; these were some really good poems, and they need to be submitted to poetry journals, literary magazines, and major poetry publications like Tweetspeak Poetry.) (But I digress.)
To continue reading (and see who the five winners are), please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.
Photograph by Peter Griffin, via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.