Poetry Contest Winners!

April 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Events, Poetry | Leave a comment
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The winners for the Third Annual Morton Library Poetry Contest were announced Friday at the open reading.

The winners are as follows:

1st Place:  Kristiana Sanchez-Jorge

Words

 

Disposition of  delicate Words

float soundless

in the air

Immersing with eloquent

tongues

Unspoken by the raw flesh

of language

It is a beauty only found

behind the lips of

Unwritten memoirs

from  voices

of the quiet

A  poets last

sigh

Is a paramount of wondrous

utterance

and the breaths of life

that are silent in the loudest

soliloquy

2nd Place: Jodian Rivera

 The Birds and Humans

The birds…The human’s

A bird will fly not ever thinking twice,

Living its life in peril and in fun.

It will commit to its own jocund life,

Nourishing the strong blessed wings of freedom.

A human will love forgetting one’s mind,

Living their life in pain and in ennui;

Committing to their partners, seeking signs

Of youth’s promised world that they hope to see.

A bird will compose beautiful music

That will leave many struck in profound awe.

A human will cry till their heart is sick,

Leaving their heart sick till this time next fall.

The bird will always continue to fly;

Much like the human’s continuous cries.

3rd Place:  Kora Macias

Tomorrow

As closed lips whisper and winter snows fall

God chose me, oh to soon, to beckon my call

For in the morning you awake

And all the nights darkness the sun does take

You’ll think of me and eyes will fill with tears

Of all the burden and sorrow over the years

But my loves I ask of you not to cry as you did today

Or think of all the things we never got to say

For all you have to do is close your eyes each time you think of me

And I’ll hear all your whispers, and you’ll know, safe in God’s arms I’ll be

If I could have lived just one more day, even just awhile

I’d embrace you and say I loved you, maybe see you smile

But I know this could never be

And emptiness and memories will take the place of me

I tried not to think of the things we both would miss tomorrow

But when I did my heart had filled with sorrow

For on that fateful day, an Angel came to me and said

That my place was ready, they had laid my bed

I walked through heaven’s gate; God told me I had been faithful and true

Even though I did things I knew I shouldn’t do

He told me I was forgiven, he held my hand and asked me

To join in his life of peace, joy, and eternity

So when you wake tomorrow, and we feel so far apart

Don’t be saddened, but think of me, and know I’m in your heart

 

Thank you to everyone who participated!

And remember- continue to submit your poems to the Morton Literary Journal by emailing them to reference@morton.edu.

The deadline for submission is August 31.

The next edition will be available in the fall semester.

Celebrate National Poetry Month

April 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Events, Poetry, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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April is National Poetry Month.

Below are 6 ways to get into the spirit of poetry!

1.  Write a poem.

The deadline for the poetry contest has passed but the library is always accepting submissions for the

Morton Literary Journal, published each year in the Fall Semester.

Email your submissions to reference@morton.edu

2.  Read a poem.

Morton has an excellent collection of poetry.

Check out a book today by a favorite poet, or explore new poets.

3.  Attend a poetry reading.

Check the Poetry Foundation for a listing of current local events.

Or plan on attending the Morton Open Reading on April 26 at noon in the Library

4.  Share a poem.

Carry your favorite poem around with you on April 18, which is Poem in Your Pocket Day.

5. Poem Tweets.

Read new poems everyday posted by POETSorg and others on Twitter.

Better yet- Tweet your own poems!

6. Poem Apps.

Always wanted to impress your friends with your wise words?

Learn poems by heart with a new poety app by Penguin books.

Open Poetry Reading 4/26

April 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Posted in Events, Poetry | Leave a comment
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Open Poetry Reading

Caroline Johnson will be reading from her new work

Poetry Contest Winners will be Awarded

on Friday, April 26 at 12:15pm.

All poets are welcome to read from their work following the award announcements.

Poetry Contest Extended!

April 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment
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The deadline to submit poems to the Morton Library Annual Poetry contest has been extended to Monday, April 8.  All poems must be emailed to reference@morton.edu by midnight on Monday, April 8, 2013.

Poetry Contest Begins March 1st!

February 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Posted in Events, Poetry | Leave a comment
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Poetry Contest Begins March 1!

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April the library is hosting  a poetry contest.  All current students are welcome to enter.  Finalists will have a chance to have their poems published and get to do a formal reading of their work in April.  The contest ends at midnight on Monday, April 8.

To submit your work for consideration send an email to reference@morton.edu with your full name, email address and your Morton Student ID number (located on your class schedule or id card).  Please include your poem in the body of the email and not as an attachment.  For all official rules please see below:

Morton Library Poetry Contest March 2013 Official Rules

  1. All entries must be original, unpublished work of students currently enrolled at Morton College.
  2. Morton College retains the right to publish in print and online all submitted works.
  3. All poems must be submitted via email to reference@morton.edu by midnight C.S.T on Monday, April 8.
  4. All emailed entries must also include the student’s full name, email address and Morton Student ID Number.
  5. Works are limited to 500 words.  Students are limited to 3 submissions.
  6. All poems will be judged anonymously.  Winners will be selected by a panel of judges.
  7. All winning poems will be published on the library website.  Finalists will be invited to share their work at a reading in the library in April.  The First Place Winner will receive a check for $100; the Second Place Winner will receive a check for $50 and the Third Place Winner will receive a check for $25.

If you have any further questions, email the library at reference@morton.edu or ask at the Reference Desk.

Poetry Contest Winners!

April 23, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment
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The following are the winners of the Second Annual Morton Poetry Contest:

1st Place:  David Cardenas  Of the Many

2nd Place:  Claudia Rangel  Rejection on the Culture Border

3rd Place:  Sully Quinones  The MotherWood (Primavera)

Of The Many

by David Cardenas

 I have heard some say that the night is too immense

Is it truly the stars that are stranded or us?

Who they mock as they glisten in the constellations?

I have heard some say that the women are too beautiful to talk to

There is always another one prettier than the next

Disappearing into rooms, marriages, mental institutions, and death

I have heard some say that the heroes are too dead to worship

For they have descended into the fire and have fallen from the hilltops

I have heard some say the oceans are too deep

They have taken all our good men and have spoken no words to comfort us

And others count their nights

As they let the cigarettes burn out

And the alcohol warm their stomachs

Letting the poem read itself

Rejection on the Culture Border

by Claudia Rangel

My skin color is not true

Compared to my culture

I am light but

My blood runs dark

My Language is broken

My roots are built from native ground

Where the culture is thick and rich

Where pride is at its highest

Yo soy Mexicana

But to the eyes of my people

To the eyes of my full blooded kin

I am not what I was born as

I am a second generation and my Spanish is broken

My pride is broken

My image destroyed

I am not what I was born to be

I do not display the Carmel enriched

Flavor of a true Mexicana

Or attain the Spanish language at its best

I am a temp

But the rest of them are permanent

If you can’t speak right then don’t speak at all

When I practiced the words

Upon the audience in which I crave the acceptance

Of my generation Kin

It felt like stones smashing against my skin from

The criticism

The rejection and mockery for

The runt of the litter

But I swear to you I am not a lost cause

If you were to open me up,

You would see the ripe green color of an avocado bleed threw

And the core pulsate the same way my heart does

The smell of chocolate burst into the air

The same aroma that took you back to the old days

Where money was not what made you rich

But the love and thought that was put into that warm

Chocolate Mi Abuleta would make

I am no different inside or out

We are no different if you look

At it biologically

And I should not be shamed for

The Language barrier

I am a full blooded Mexican born on U.S soil

I am proud of the ground in which covered the bare feet of my

Great grandparents that walked the land

That led me to where I am today

 

The Mother Wood (Primavera)

by Sully Quinones

 Far past the green pasture

Is the forest and the trees

Within its sacred wood

Is a mother and her seed

The sun cast its cooling shadows

And the wind sends its breeze

The mother and her child

Sit alone and at ease

 The sprouts in the ground

Stir and bustle

Leaves in the trees

Catches the wind and rustles

The queen mother cradles her

Daughter closely to her heart

Not knowing of the danger

That will set them apart

Persephone, please stay close to me

Her mother said very cautiously

The forest was her silhouette and

A lush crown made of leaves

Demeter stepped forth and

Brought the world spring

Her lovely daughter,

Embraced by flowers and vines

This trails behind her

when she steps– every time

The two frolic amongst the

flowers and the trees

Planting hoards of seedlings

of fruits and nuts in the green

Lurking behind the scenery

is a love struck god

His intentions were wicked

And his demeanor was odd

Smoke leaked from his mouth

And fire spouts from his head

He was a pale gray figure

and smelled of the dead

Persephone began to wander

and drift–

far away from her mother

 and this created the rift

Deep in the forest the

young goddess strayed

Heedless of the warning

that her mother gave

Hades appeared behind her

With a pomegranate in his hand

How naïve she was and leaves

With him on demand

Together they walked

Past the garden and the green

To her,

he gave one pomegranate seed.

They continued to the river

Down by the reeds and

Persephone receives

three more pomegranate seeds.

Demeter became wary of her

daughter’s whereabouts

She cried her name in low

Moans and din shouts

Off in the distance

Was a young woman’s scream

Hades scoops the goddess up

And escapes through the trees

Her mother’s cries

Could be heard through

The forest and the green

Her fear realized

She stops grass from growing

And winter covered spring

Demeter pleaded to Zeus

To save Persephone

And to bring her back

From the arms of Hades

Zeus replies

She ate the fruit and must

Remain in the underworld

In Hades lust

Demeter continued to kill

the land

Mankind was starving and

Drove Zeus quite mad

He finally ordered Hades

To release Persephone

But she must return to the

Underworld one month

for each seed.

Demeter rejoiced and

Began to grow flowers

Spring returned and last

For months, days, and hours

Far past the green pasture

Is the forest and the trees

Within its sacred wood

Is a mother and her seed

The sun cast its cooling shadows

And the wind sends its breeze

The mother and her child

Sit alone and at ease

Thank you to all the poets who participated, and a special thanks to the judges!

Poetry Contest Extended!

April 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Poetry, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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For all of you who didn’t get to submit your poems to the Morton Library Second Annual Poetry Contest,

We have extended the deadline for submission until midnight, Friday, April 6.

Please email all submissions to reference@morton.edu by that time.

Enjoy Spring Break!

Get Writing!

Poetry Contest Begins Now!

February 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment
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To celebrate National Poetry Month in April the library is hosting  a poetry contest.  All current students are welcome to enter.  Finalists will have a chance to have their poems published and get to do a formal reading of their work in April.  The contest ends at midnight on Saturday, March 31.

To submit your work for consideration send an email to reference@morton.edu with your full name, email address and the last 4 digits of your Morton Student ID number.  Please include your poem in the body of the email and not as an attachment.  For all official rules please see below:

Morton Library Poetry Contest March 2012 Official Rules

  1. All entries must be original, unpublished work of students currently enrolled at Morton College.
  2. Morton College retains the right to publish in print and online all submitted works.
  3. All poems must be submitted via email to reference@morton.edu by midnight C.S.T on Saturday, March 31.
  4. All emailed entries must also include the student’s full name, email address and the last four digits of your Morton Student ID Number.
  5. Works are limited to 500 words.  Students are limited to 3 submissions.
  6. All poems will be judged anonymously.  Winners will be selected by a panel of judges.
  7. All winning poems will be published on the library website.  Finalists will be invited to share their work at a reading in the library in April.  The First Place Winner will receive a check for $100; the Second Place Winner will receive a check for $50 and the Third Place Winner will receive a check for $25.

If you have any further questions, email the library at reference@morton.edu or ask at the Reference Desk.

Library Card Contest

September 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Get a new or updated Morton Library card this month and you will be entered to win one of three flash drives in our Celebrating National Library Card Month contest.  See the Circulation Desk for more info.

More Poetry Contests

May 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment
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Yes, sadly, the Morton Library Poetry Contest is over.  But there are tons of other poetry contests going on all year long.  Check out the links on the newly updated Poetry Page.  Just click on the Poetry tab above.  Good Luck!

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