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National Poetry Month

Poetry Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our 2019 Poetry Contest winners!

They each received a #UCFLibrary waterbottle and their work as been added to the KnightVerse, the student writing contest section of UCF Libraries’ digital repository, STARS.

Haiku winner:
Fountain Finals” by Tim Walker

Sonnet winner:
Together Apart” by Abel Birchfield

2019 National Poetry Month book covers

Featured Bookshelf: National Poetry month

Welcome to National Poetry Month!

“Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,  
And stands about the woodland ride  
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.”
– A. E. Housman, Loveliest of Trees

The Academy of American Poets, inspired by the success of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, created National Poetry Month in 1996. It is the largest literary celebration in the world and UCF Libraries are proud to do their part.

UCF Libraries have gathered suggestions to feature 14 books of poetry that are currently in the UCF collection. These works represent a wide range of favorite poetry books of our faculty and staff.

These, and additional titles, are also on the Featured Bookshelf display on the second (main) floor next to the bank of two elevators where they are joined by a selection of nature poetry.

Click on the link below for the full book descriptions and links.

Featured Bookshelf: National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month 2019

April is National Poetry Month and UCF Libraries is dashing forward with enthusiasm to celebrate.

Poetry Contests!

Haiku by You – Submissions due by April 7, 2019 at 11:59 pm
“Haiku” is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.

#LibraryLove – Submissions due by April 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm. 
Poem of any style or length. What do you love about libraries?

Sonnets – Submissions due by April 21, 2019 at 11:59 pm. 
The sonnet is a fourteen-line poem written in iambic pentameter, which employ one of several rhyme schemes and adhere to a tightly structured thematic organization. Sonnet styles via Academy of American Poets. Your submission can be on any subject.

Submit your poems here.

Contests are open to UCF students only.

One entry per student per contest. If more than one entry is submitted by a student per contest, all the entries by that person will be disqualified from that contest.

Judges reserve the right to not select a winner due to limited submissions, or lack of exceptional submissions.

Stories with explicit sexual content will not be considered for this contest.

Erasure Poetry

An Erasure Poetry table will be set up between the Circulation Desk and Reference Desk from April 1 – 5. Staff favorites will be displayed on the windows by the entrance and on library social media accounts.

Book Spine Poetry

Celebrate your #LibraryLove with Book Spine Poetry. Use books to craft a short poem. Share it to Facebook or Instagram tagging @ucflibrary #librarylove during the National Library Week (April 8 – 12). Both the staff favorite and the one with the most likes will get a #UCFLibrary waterbottle.

National Poetry Month at the John C. Hitt Library

Haiku by You Poetry Contest Winner

Congratulations to Zoe Smith, the winner of the UCF Libraries 2017 Haiku by You Poetry Contest. Her poem, The Best Things in Life Are, has become a permanent part of the UCF Digital Collections in the KnightVerse section Showcase of Text, Archives, Research & Scholarship (STARS).

 

The Best Things in Life Are
by Zoe Smith

Fleeting moments like
footsteps; The earth trembles but
the evidence? Gone.

National Poetry Month at the John C. Hitt Library

Ode to a Library Poetry Contest Winner

Congratulations to Serena Pancham, the winner of the UCF Libraries 2017 Ode to a Library Poetry Contest. Her poem, Cardboard Skins, has become a permanent part of the UCF Digital Collections in the KnightVerse section Showcase of Text, Archives, Research & Scholarship (STARS).

 

Cardboard Skins

-Serena Pancham

We begin in silence

In deafening silence we hear

How loud our minds ache to speak

Quiet

Is the presence between cardboard casings

          Shuffling,

                         Downward,

                                         Slowly yet softly

Evident within ourselves is the hushed indication of progression

Gears of the mind lock into place

With every moving second

Conversations churn

Broken is the threshold

How loud our minds ache to speak

We begin in conversation

In deafening noise we hear

How loud our minds ache to speak

Alive

Is the presence between cardboard casings

Like clockwork, we are continuous

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