April 7, 2010 > Thirty poems for 30 days
Thirty poems for 30 days
Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Laurel Anderson
On April 1, âSigns of Winter,â by Katie Carter was the first of 30 poems about Santa Clara County to be featured this month, National Poetry Month. The poem was one of 275 submitted in response to a call from Santa Clara Countyâs Poet Laureate Nils Peterson. Peterson, the Countyâs first official poet laureate, challenged residents to create poems celebrating what they observe in daily life.
Residents were invited to submit up to three poems. Ninety-five poets submitted a total of 275 poems.
âIt was a difficult choice,â said Peterson. âThere were many good poems.â
To ensure an objective process, all poets were given a number which was affixed to one copy of each of their poems, and the poems placed in a great pile then read anonymously. All of the poems were read at least twice. Entries were whittled down to 30 poems from which the final winners will be picked.
In âSigns of Winter,â Carter draws contrasts between her life in Santa Clara and her friendâs in Chicago
âIt is raining again
is the punch line to a letter
I am writing to my friend in Chicago.
She is huddled in her windy city
apartment surrounded by
contemplating staying there
I am in my kitchen in Santa Clara
surrounded by winter green hills,
contemplating a Safeway bag
full of Meyer lemons from my
To read the complete poem and follow the others for the remaining days in April, including âPickers Wanted,â by Bill Emerson and âThis Poetry Happened,â by Kirsty MacKay, visit www.nilspetersonpoet.wordpress.com. The top winners will be announced after this monthâs features.
About the Santa Clara County Poet Laureate
The Santa Clara County Poet Laureate post was advocated by Supervisor Liz Kniss and approved by the Board of Supervisors November 2008. The mission of the Poet Laureate is to create a poetic identity for Santa Clara County and showcase the spirit of the people and the countyâs special qualities through poetry. Nils Peterson was appointed as Poet Laureate by the Board of Supervisors in March 2009.