Library link: Poetry in Motion competition returns to Airdrie

In recognition of the influence of poetry in our lives, we at the Airdrie Public Library (APL) are delighted to announce our fourth annual poetry writing competition, Poetry in Motion.

“A poet is above all a person passionately in love with language.” – WH Auden

This quote from Auden, an Anglo-American poet known for his poems funeral blues and The age of anxiety, among other things, provides a clue into the minds of those who write poetry.

Good poetry takes the rigid structure and rules of language and transforms the words into a personal and often shared experience of nuance, absurdity and emotion.

From the ancient Sumerian poem, Shu-Sin’s Love Songto the clever sonnets of Shakespeare, to the great poets of the world’s religions, and even to the silly rhymes of Dr. Seuss, mankind has chronicled much of its journey through poetry.

In recognition of the influence of poetry in our lives, we at the Airdrie Public Library (APL) are delighted to announce our fourth annual poetry writing competition, Poetry in Motion.

Held in partnership with the City of Airdrie Community Development, the contest runs from June 1-30, meaning there’s still time to submit your poems.

There are two categories, for writers 13-17 and writers 18 and older.

The winner of each category will receive a $100 gift card to the bookstore of their choice and – here’s the “moving” part – the selected poems will be displayed on Airdrie Transit ICE buses in the fall, in honor of Alberta Culture Days.

This year’s judge is award-winning Calgary poet Bob Stallworthy, who has been writing professionally since 1985. Stallworthy is a Life Member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, co-recipient of the 2002 Calgary Freedom of Expression Award, a Writers Guild of Alberta Recipient of the Golden Pen 2019, and has published five books of poetry.

Register online at the APL website until June 30 and attach up to three poems as a PDF file, each no longer than 11 lines, including the title.

Participants must have a valid Airdrie Public Library card.

The poems will be judged blind and the winners will be announced on September 1st.

Visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca for entry forms and complete contest rules.

Harry D. Gonzalez