Review: 2016 Fourth Annual Battle of the Bards Poetry Contest: Winning Entries

2016 Fourth Annual Battle of the Bards Poetry Contest: Winning Entries
2016 Fourth Annual Battle of the Bards Poetry Contest: Winning Entries by Poudre River Public Library District
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book #37 for 2016
Old Firehouse Summer Bingo Square: A book of poetry
PopSugar Challenge Task: A book of poetry

In the interests of full disclosure, yes, I contributed a poem to this collection. My honorable mention entry, “My Quantum Heart Entangled,” is on page 14. Hope you like it!

I was not able to attend the contest awards ceremony in April, so this was my first time reading most of these poems. I was pleased with the variety of styles and voices. Maybe it’s because I’ve been a musician for more than 40 years, but I did have a hard time with some of the poems simply because they didn’t adhere to meter very well, or I couldn’t settle myself into the flow of their language. I wonder how differently I would feel if I had been able to hear them read by their authors.

This anthology contains all of the finalists and honorable mentions in both the adult and teen categories, and I thought the six winning poems had been announced online after the ceremony, but I can’t locate the list now. So here are my picks:
Adult Division
1st – “Undocumented, Left in the Desert” by Bear Jack Gebhardt
2nd – “Dia de los Muertos” by Erik Hokanson
3rd – “The Haggis” by Daniel Harvey
Teen Division
1st – “Morning’s Numberless Skyline” by Kaili Schroeder
2nd – “She Who Cannot Love Herself” by Kaili Schroeder
3rd – “I am From” by Maggie Hubbeling
Yes, two of my teen picks are from the honorable mentions, not the finalists.

I would certainly recommend this to anybody looking for a small volume of poetry from multiple poets, and it is available for free download from the library’s website.

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