Today, we're super excited to announce the World Poetry Day Contest Winner!
But! There is also a SURPRISE PRIZE!
It was relatively close, and we had so many amazing submissions, but there were actually four poems in particular that just spoke to us crybabies.
In third, we had a tie! We just simply could not decide, as they were so good in their own unique ways. The winners are Monsters by Ayris Lopez-Benitez and Seat Stealer by Gabrielle Walz!
by Ayris Lopez Benitez
by Gabrielle Walz
In second, we have a personal favorite - 17 Facts by Valerie San Filippo.
by Valerie San Filippo
by Valerie Guardiola
"I knew love at ten years old,
holding berries, crushed
and bleeding red in my right hand,
unaware of life after burying my godfather.
I knew love when I held her child
and thought of what life looks like
outside of my own arms.
When there is no way I can imagine
some half hearted attempt to crown a
new girl king, and I bend at the elbows
and hope it will help pass the time.
I knew love when she spoke to me in hymns,
and danced with me, half naked near blazing fires.
When the sky opened and showed me the weight
the women who roar
and the women who mumble..."
(click link to read the rest!)
Valerie Guardiola is an artist and poet whose work absorbs the tradition of remembrance into daily practice. Her poetry and essays have been published in The Lone Cypress Review, The Homestead Review, Pif Magazine, Soul Anatomy, Red Cedar Review, and The Voices Project, among many others. She also teaches poetry and has been a poetry curator since 2014, including annual events spotlighting local poets through performance, readings and visual art. She is a co-founder of the Emerging Artists Alliance of Monterey and most recently published her second chapbook, Boomerang Thighs. Valerie is a life-long daughter of the West Coast and lives in California where she enjoys drinking overly-priced coffee, spending too much money on records, and writing…always writing.
Congrats to all the winners and thank you to all you crybabies who were willing to share your talent with us! It was truly a tough choice to pick. Some other poems that stood out to us: