Poetry contest

Poetry contest makes art out of coronavirus malaise

April is National Poetry Month and the Safety Harbor Public Library is holding a poetry contest, but this is no ordinary poetry contest. Think of it as a mental health exercise. All poems should reflect your fears, frustrations, and worries about the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are going through an unusual time and we are going through the gauntlet of emotions,” said a press release. “Whether it’s frustration at not finding what you need in stores, wondering how your place of business will survive, or worried about your loved ones. Let us know how you’re doing. Express how you’re doing through poetry.

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Poets of all ages are encouraged to submit original one-line poems.

The judges include Safety Harbor Poet Laureate Steve Kistulentz, former Safety Harbor Poet Laureate Barbara Finkelstein, author and poet Laura Kepner and writer Darla Chesnet.

Winners will be chosen from the adult (19+), teen (13-18), tween (9-12) and youth (8 and under) categories.

All submissions must be made online at https://tinyurl.com/uw3vtxy. The contest ends on April 18.

For more information, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.