Wilderness Interface Zone’s Spring Poetry Runoff has begun. It’s packed with festivities, including, of course, the Spring Poetry Runoff Contest, a haiku chain in which anybody may participate, music, and non-competing guest posts. This week we have scheduled poetry by Davey Morrison, Karen Kelsay, Gabriel Aresti Jr., and Mary-Celeste Lewis–all very vernal in nature and quite engaging. On Tuesday, March 23, an mp3 of Arthur Hatton’s song “You’re Better Than That” will post–well worth hearing.
Poets: there’s still plenty of time to enter the Spring Poetry Runoff Contest. Entries will be accepted until March 31, and each poet may submit up to three poems. All poems should have at their heart thoughts of spring, or they should at least mention spring among other musings about the human/nature story. The winner will be determined by readers’ choice and he or she will receive as a prize his or her choice of Lance Larson’s Backyard Alchemy or Scott Hatch’s Mapping the Bones of the World. Entries will post until all poems have been posted. Following that, a poll that will go up on WIZ to allow readers to vote for their favorite poem.
Beside the Readers’ Choice prize, we at WIZ have decided to add a second prize”“the Admin Award, for the poem we like best. The winner of the Admin Award will receive the same prize as the Readers’ Choice Award winner”“his or her choice of the aforementioned books of verse.
As mentioned before, non-competing poems and other verse-oriented submissions are welcomed during the Spring Poetry Runoff. So please come by WIZ and join the fire ring. Tell a story, sing a song, comment, or just read and wander off into the nearest park, canyon, or garden.