Wednesday, August 27
As a young, tragic and remarkably insightful poet who wrote poems in a sketchbook with a calligraphy pen, we thought all poetry had to be about love and loss. Then we read John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn," and we realized that it could be about, ya know, stuff. We missed the point. Just like Keats' work isn't about some old pottery, we bet there's more to "Snakes" or "Genetics" than the titles let on. These two poems--and 10 others--are finalists in the Dallas Poet's Community Annual Poetry Contest. The poets, or a representative, will read their pieces at 7:30 p.m., and later in the evening, awards will be given to the first, second and third places and to a few honorable mentions, all of whom will receive prizes and be published in the journal Illya's Honey. Celebrate the writers--seven from Texas, including three from Dallas--at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Call the MAC at 214-953-1212.