Best American Poetry Poem Contest #3

THE CHALLENGE: 
Write an inaugural ode, suitable for reading aloud on January 20, 2009. The poem must consist of sixteen lines broken into four quatrains, rhyme scheme optional. Furthermore, the ode has to include one line lifted from a poem in The Best American Poetry 2008 or from the book's foreword or introduction, and also include at least three of the following words: honor, integrity, faith, hope, change, power. Poet Mark Strand selected the winner and runners up.

THE WINNER:

Gerald Greland poetry contest winner
Gerald Greland was born and raised in Boston, MA. Educated at Allegheny College, he holds advanced degrees from New York University and the Eastman School of Music. He directs a freshman-year program at Pace University in New York City where he advises, teaches, and mentors underprepared and underperforming students. After many years as a Brooklynite, he now lives in Bronxville, NY.

Jenny Lawton Grassl is an artist and poet working in Boston, MA. Her work is currently part of an exhibit on view at the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL. More work can be seen at jennylawtongrassl.com.





See past winners for 2007 and 2008.
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