Poems From InsideOut Literary Arts

Since 1995, InsideOut Literary Arts has helped nearly 60,000 of Detroit’s youth build their literary and academic skills through creative writing. Widely recognized as one of the nation’s premiere writers-in-the-schools programs, InsideOut has earned many accolades, from a feature on PBS News Hour to a performance on the stage of the Kennedy Center.

In each quarterly issue of 3rd Wednesday we partner with InsideOut to feature a number of poems produced by participating students. Here are five from our summer issue, on sale now in print at Amazon.com and which can be enjoyed free in PDF format at our website.

Trompe L’oeil / David Chorlton

3rd Wednesday’s poem of the week from the summer issue. David Chorlton, a frequent contributor the 3W said, “These are strange times, and sending these messages-as-poems out from home seems a way of breaking out of social distancing. These poems have spent some time in isolation themselves, but they stood out on my revisiting unpublished work as having a silence or atmospheric note that echoes where we are in March of 2020.”

I Am Not / the Woman I Was / In That House

3rd Wednesday’s poem of the week is a prize winner from our spring issue’s annual poetry contest. Elizabeth Wolf won one of three $100 awards for this “Haibun”, which she says was her first attempt at this prosometric form that originated in Japan. Each of the stazas is expanded by the Senryū at its conclusion.

Excavation / Jen Ashburn

3rd Wednesday’s poem of the week is a preview from our summer issue due out near the end of June. Poet, Jen Ashburn, won our 50/50 poetry contest with this entry. We’re accepting submissions for the fall issue now. Copies of print issues of the magazine can be purchaced at Amazon.