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2020 Poetry Contest

 
2020 Contest Winners:
Please scroll down to read the winning entries. 
  • 1st Place = Aaliyah Ali - "to whom it least concerns"
  • 2nd Place = Sophie Gustin - "Edge of Adolescence" 
  • 3rd Place = Norah Baldwin - "Tea(ch)"
  • Honorable Mention = Iris Liang - "Diluted Darling"  
  • Honorable Mention = Justin Friedberg - "Addiction"
  • Honorable Mention = Darren Amona - "The Box"
Thank you all for entering the contest, and Congratulations to our winners!
 

1st Place = Aaliyah Ali - "to whom it least concerns"

Can't you you, I can't
see ripped by Be.
the madness these My mind
being driven into trembling turned to dust
me?

hands,

for
The longing wrenching locks naught,
spilling out of my own Pitiful lungs
and hair ruined b your
corrupting? forced to wipe intoxicating
Tell me you burning scent,
aren't tears The longing to be
blind,  muffling sounds near you, 
unaware,  of agony growing
of my bleeding heart escaping cracked with no care
on the floor, lips,  So, 
beholding Even if you don't... I plead,
the scar tissue Tell me, see
that is please. Me.

2nd Place = Sophie Gustin - "Edge of Adolescence" 

 

I know a lot of things, but darling

I don’t know a thing

Dancing ‘round my room

Bathing in the pale moonlight

Somedays I pinch myself just to feel at all

Oh, the things we do to feel alive

You remind me of an old friend

Or someone I’ve yet to meet

Empty picture frames I wish that I could fill

A planet overcrowded with lonely souls

A small girl in a vast universe

Somehow, some way I got here in one piece

I wish that I could tell you how, but darling

I don’t know a thing

 

3rd Place = Norah Baldwin - "Tea(ch)"

Momma had a charcoal-black tea kettle

that sung a high pitched tune every Sunday morning 

before the honey-colored beams of sunlight 

penetrated the sole window in the kitchen

her tea filled the house with a scent of 

delicate jasmine and earthy chamomile

it tickled my nose as she poured herself a cup

in the gold engraved china mug

the steam cascaded up towards the 

musty, yellow, peeling ceiling

and she blew on it like the strong October wind

that shook the tangerine-colored leaves 

from the lone oak tree in our quaint backyard

Momma saw me watching her from the rickety stair well

and gave me a gentle smile 

as she stirred sickly sweet saccharine with a spoon into her tea

The gentle clanging of the golden spoon against the rim made my spine tingle

Momma put her spoon down on a dingy, yellow paper towel

that was stained from Daddy’s coffee

she looked at me with her pale, jade green eyes 

and whispered, 

my dear,

life is like tea;

to make a good cup we must have just the right amount of ingredients

  • tea leaves (2 sachets)
  • sugar (1/2 tsp)

to have a good life, it is the same

  • your family is your tea leaves, because you can’t have tea without leaves, but you can have it without sugar 
  • your friends are the sugar, because they make your life just a lil’ sweeter

lastly, it must be sipped slowly

careful not to burn your tongue

because the best things come to those who wait

2020 Teen Poetry Contest

Announcing the Greenburgh Public Library 2020 Teen Poetry Contest!
Check out the brochure below for all the details -- Please spread the word to your students & friends!

A great way to Celebrate National Poetry Month coming this April!

  • Who is eligible? Teen poets 12 – 18 years of age
  • Teen Prizes: First Prize: $100.00 !!! Second Prize: $50.00 !!!
  • Submission Deadline:  April 6, 2020 @ 11:59 PM 
  • Winners will be announced: April 22, 2020 at the GPL Poetry Celebration -- You need not be present to win.
All poem submissions will be on display at Greenburgh Public Library starting 2nd Half of April-May!
 
Poetry Contest Rules Below:
  1. Teen poets entering the contest must be 12–18 years of age.   
  2. Entries must be original unpublished poems in English. Any poetic style is acceptable. 
  3. One entry per person. 
  4. Library employees are not eligible to enter. 
  5. Only email entries will be accepted. 

  Email poem submissions to:       
  GPLPoetryContest@gmail.com

  Body of Email: 
  You must include the following information in the body of your email:
  Poet Name, Title of Poem, Address, Phone Number, Email, and Age.
 
   Attach Poem to Email: 
   Poem must be attached to your email containing the information above. Poem is strictly limited to one page, double spaced, 
   font size 12. 

   
   Do not include poet’s name on the page with your poem. 

For more information please call 914-721-8224 or email GPLPoetryContest@gmail.com.

2019 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2019 Teen Poetry Contest Literary Magazine (click the image below)

2019 Contest Winners:
Please scroll down to read the winning entries. 
  • First Place = Dalia Zlata Roshal for "When The World Is Spinning Out of Control"
  • Second Place = C. Carter Holmes for "Intuition or Anxiety"
  • Third Place = Eliza Kaeding for "Creating Words"
  • Honorable Mention = Ryan Dalal for "Stupidly Smart"
  • Honorable Mention = Grace Barron for "Worth"
  • Honorable Mention = Danielle Kohn for "Green Grassed Picket Fences"
 
Exciting News:
  • All poems entered in the contest will be on display in GPL's Teen Department  starting the first week of May -- Come visit and see your poem on public display!
  • All poems entered in the contest will be published in the first ever Teenburgh Poetry Contest Literary Magazine! Every poet who entered the contest will receive a digital copy and you can check out a print copy that will available on the shelf in the library's Teen Department. Publication date will be in late May 2019.
Thank you all for entering the contest, and Congratulations to our winners!
 

First Place = Dalia Zlata Roshal for "When The World Is Spinning Out of Control"

 

 

 

 

 

Second Place = C. Carter Holmes for "Intuition or Anxiety"

 

 

 

Third Place = Eliza Kaeding for "Creating Words"

2018 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Contest Winners:
Please scroll down to read the winning entries. 
  • First Place = Mossiah Smith for "Black Man's Plight"
  • Second Place = Lynassa Lugay for "Love Letter"
  • Third Place = Noah Plattus for"Amusement Adventures" 
  • Honorable Mention = June Lee for "One Man's Back"
  • Honorable Mention = Maeve Reynolds for "What Are You?"
 
Exciting News:
  • All poems entered in the contest will be on display in GPL's Teen Department  starting the first week of May -- Come visit and see your poem on public display!
  • All poems entered in the contest will be published in the first ever Teenburgh Poetry Contest Literary Magazine! Every poet who entered the contest will receive a digital copy and you can check out a print copy that will available on the shelf in the library's Teen Department. Publication date will be in late May 2018.
Teen Writing Group Next Meeting:  Held every other month on a Saturday. Next Meeting: May 12 @ 3:30 PM. The group is run by local published author Jaz Johnson! For more details on this group click here to view our online event calendar. 
 
Thank you all for entering the contest, and Congratulations to our winners!
 

First Place = Mossiah Smith for "Black Man's Plight"

Black Man's Plight

 

Only one way out of the black man’s plight

You gotta dribble like Kyrie or bounce like Mike

What are we supposed to do if we can’t fiddle with mics?

We join gangs, we get into fights

We sell dope, we stay out at night

All this, just to keep on the lights

 

From the moment we stepped upon this patch of land

It appears that we were forsaken, damned

If it’s not a dribble on a court, we’re unable to reach

Instead, we’re still with many of our black men unable to breach

Rifles held to the chest by a white man’s hand

Somehow still the white man thinks he’s damned

The littlest ounce of prospering makes the white man mad


If it’s not entertainment, there’s no love

We ain’t it, eons of ignorance, is what I blame it

Shut up and dribble, this generation's “Make me a Sandwich”

Maybe we need to stop asking for understanding

I can’t stand it the fashion in which they brand us

Economic suffering not killing us fast enough

We still in a noose, it just isn’t fastened ‘nuf

 

Only one way out of the black man’s plight

You gotta dribble like Kyrie or bounce like Mike

 

What are we supposed to do if we can’t fiddle with mics?

We join gangs, we get into fights

We sell dope, we stay out at night

All this, just to keep on the lights

 

They assassinate my character

I say, they’ve broken the marriage up

No longer are we united by the humanity that once bandaged us

100 plus years of suffering hasn’t abandoned us

Maybe it’s time to stop looking for the recognition

We all hurting and it’s time we recognized the condition

 

To all my brothers and sisters I wish that we could just kick it

To all my brothers and sisters I wish for our commitment

To all my brothers and sisters I wish you’d support our business

To all my brothers and sisters working for what feels like forever,

To all my brothers and sisters it ain't too late to come together

Cause too much black and too much love, equal forever


 

Second Place = Lynassa Lugay for "Love Letter" 

Love Letter

It is 11:11 pm
Instead of counting sheep to invite sleep, she counts calories
She fills up on warm water, saltines, and compliments
And the warm mahogany that once filled her skin has become gray and diluted like the love she had for herself


Baby girl, we were made for soft stomachs and realistic standards
For full breasts and sweet thoughts
Your lips drip with sugar for everyone else when that beauty should have your name written on it
These curves are a story that needs to read and protruding ribs cages do not allow that

It is 11:11 and my wish is that you fall in love with your intelligence
That you shed negativity not hair or pounds
That the cold in your lips is the result of ice cream sandwiches


Allow yourself to love the rolls when you sit

The chins from laughter
The friction of your thighs when you walk
Because, my love, how else would we spark fires?

 

 

Third Place = Noah Plattus for"Amusement Adventures"   

Amusement Adventures

I see the lights

They glow in the distance

I follow the path
Im finally back

The line is so long

But I stand there strong

The cart is there

I sit down it the chair

Ready to go

Please go slow!

We move up the ramp

I am the champ

But when there’s the drop

My heart begins to stop

People are laughing

People are screaming

I'm just teeming

To get off the ride

The stop has arrived

Im thrilled I survived

 

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