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Imagineering- August 9th @ 9:30 am
Magic show - August 14th @ 12pm
Everyday extraordinary- August 16th @9:30 am
Thinking Superbly- August 23rd @ 9:30 am
Creation Stations- August 30th @ 9:30 am
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The winner of the Princeton Library poetry competition is Mark Redsky for his poem, “I am.” Mark wrote the poem in 1996. Our panel felt the poem captured the nuance of practical observation with cultural identification through descriptive imagery that is both enigmatic and accessible.
Thank you to everyone who submitted a poem, or two! We had some beautiful love poetry, poetry about war, humorous poetry, and poetry about nature. Special mention goes to Dick Bird for his dramatic reading of his epic poem titled “Little Mountain,” which unfortunately ran beyond the 1,000-word submission guideline but captivated all present.
Mark’s piece, like another entry, was composed years ago and carefully retained. This fact impressed us, for it leads one to deduce the importance of composition in capturing and retaining our memories and emotions. Reading the pieces transport us to specific moments in time, evoking fresh sentiments.
Drop into the library to browse our poetry collection and stay tuned for future writing clinics and competitions. Need a library card? Come in with a piece of photo ID with your current local address. Visitors registered at another library can take out a “One Card.”
ACL Princeton Library Branch, ORL
Here is Mark's Poem:
I reached, stretched
High as my mass allowed,
Opening my hand
I extended my fingers
Up, way up,
Like sharp steel swords
My nails pulled,
Down deep through,
The tender flesh
Of a large fir tree,
An unsuspecting victim
Of territorial dispute,
I gazed into the depths
Of the gouges,
With sun-warmed sap
From the heartbeat
Of the mighty fir,
Why, I do this,
Does not matter,
For, I am,
© 1996 by Mark Redsky