The Rock River Times is pleased to feature the work of two Rockford poets, whose poems were chosen for honorable mentions in this years Rock River Poetry and Prose Contest: Public Opinion by Karen Gines, and Rockford by Callie Runestad. We appreciated the social commentary both of these poems offer.
Public Opinion (by Karen Gines)
Enthralled by drama
mind practices its
manic leech-craft on
politically unruly subjects.
with convent faithfulness,
of white lies
Popular grey fiction
told by fools,
hand over hand along
official barbed-wire fence,
Rockford (by Callie Runestad)
A river meanders through the center
salting the frozen edges of east and west.
An orange structure screams from the east while
Fading whispers seek shelter in the Carnegie west.
A flowered clock reminds runners and mothers
leisurely strolling the river banks
of a childs soccer game that evening.
Noxious fumes collide
with the reminiscent scent of the river
as a 1990 Ford Crown Victoria runs
to a west end auto store.
Saturns and Toyotas glide east
along urban sprawls super highway.
Sirens command the residential nights.
But the river keeps suggesting, to
Nonporous hearts call this place home.
We congratulate both Karen and Callie for their insightful poems. The Rock River Poetry and Prose Contest is generally held annually, depending on budget and space. For those of you who have inquired, the next contest will be held in spring of 2007. Guidelines are published in The Rock River Times and Poets and Writers.
Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet who has written several books of poetry and formerly wrote a column called The Writers Garret for this newspaper.
From the Sept. 13-19, 2006, issue