I spent this morning at Lumberton Middle School in the company of three other local poets, judging the school’s first ever Poetry Read Aloud Contest for National Poetry Month. The kids were spirited and polite, the teachers charming and hospitable. The panel agreed that it was very difficult to pick a winner, and thankfully prizes were given to the top five placed kids, but all 19 of the participants deserve congratulations and encouragement for their efforts. I hope to be invited back again next year.
In other news, the new issue of Waccamaw is up with my poem “Cornered” and fine poems by other poets including Ross White and Nicky Beer.