Our poem of the week is an ekphrastic based on the body of work of the Northwest artist, Morris Graves (1910-2001). The background image is “Spirit Bird”. This poem appeared first in the Spring 2017 issue of Third Wednesday and was later reprinted in The Ekphrastic Review. (Disclaimer – the poem’s author is one of our editors).
We like poems that paint a vivid picture and this one from Raymond Byrnes does exactly that. His poem is a photograph of a stormy Lake Superior. It’s an apt description of how quickly conditions can change on the big lake using images that are familiar to those who know the hard working inland sea.
Our Poem of the Week by Linda Blaskey comes from the newest issue of Third Wednesday. It was an entry in our One Sentence Poetry Contest and earned an honorable mention. A new edition of the popular contest will open for entries on February 15th.
In our poem of the week, Gina Valdés offers this vivid description of her experiences on the roads of California with some good Samaritans who stop in their “smooth-running carcacha” to get her “not-so-smooth-running carcacha” going again. This poem is from the just released Winter Issue of Third Wednesday. That’s not Gina’s car in the photo but it looks like the car I see in her poem.
Third Wednesday’s annual poetry contest is accepting entries until February 15th, 2019. Here is a winning poem from 2017 from Washington poet, Cheryl Clough. Judge Larry Levy said: “Seeking Center seems to me one of the most deserving winners in this year’s entries. It demonstrates a strong command of language, economy of expression, and sense of direction. It begins well, builds with an interesting theme in mind, and develops and sustains that theme in surprising and arresting ways.
Our Poem of the Week appeared in this year’s fall issue of Third Wednesday. Here is Ted Kooser’s poem, Fairgounds. A new poem from Mr. Kooser, 13th Poet Laureate of The United States, will debut in each quarterly issue of Third Wednesday in 2019.