Give me poetry with deceptive depth.  September 15, 2009 - October 15, 2009

Contest Completed


1st Place - Water Lily
2nd Place - [writing deleted]
3rd Place - What History Repeats
4th Place - [writing deleted]
5th Place - Red Light


Jim Wayne Miller, on his poetry: " Growing up in North Carolina, I was often amused, along with other natives, at tourists who fished the trout streams. The pools, so perfectly clear, had a deceptive depth. Fishermen unacquainted with them were forever stepping into what they thought was knee-deep water and going in up to their waists or even their armpits, sometimes being floated right off their feet. I try to make poems like those pools, so simple and clear their depth is deceiving. I want the writing to be so transparent that the reader forgets he is reading and is aware only that he is having an experience. He is suddenly plunged deeper than he expected and comes up shivering."

" Good poetry will deal with ordinary things...and still manage to evoke a sense of wonder, of the miraculous."


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Emily Burns
Emily Burns
Richmond, KY


22 Contestants
52 Submissions
Created Sep 15, 2009