Belfast Poetry Festival Announces Winner of 2013 Maine Postmark Poetry Contest
The 9th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival is pleased to announce that Marilyn Hotch of Camden is the winner of this year’s Maine Postmark Poetry Contest for her poem, “Mother.” Runners-up are Darla Himeles of Castine, Kathryn Robyn of Belfast, and Lee Sharkey of Vienna.
Judge Laurel Ann Bogen of Beyond Baroque in Venice, California referred to the poem’s “haunting quality: long after I read it, the poem was still creeping around somewhere in my medulla oblongata. …It is in two [repeated] parts…That reiteration brings the reader the sense of the dysfunction and its aftermath within a family….At the same time, the use of imagery and heightened language works on another subliminal level: we are all children of dysfunctional families. And the way we survive is by making art out of the madness.”
Over sixty poets from across the state, including summer people, submitted to this year’s contest. Other finalists include: Karen Stevenson, Warren; Martin Steingesser, Portland; Leslie Moore, Brooksville; George V. Van Deventer, Bristol; Thomas R. Moore, Brooksville; and Cathy Ramsdell, Portland.
In a new addition to this year’s Festival programming, readers may visit the winning poem and those of the nine other finalists by participating in this year’s Maine Postmark Gallery Hunt. From the first Friday in October, 10/4, through the Festival, 10/18 and 10/19, the ten winning poems will be on display in art galleries throughout downtown Belfast. Gallery Hunt cards, available at the Belfast Free Library, Yo Mama’s Home, and Belfast bookstores, will list the gallery locations of the winning poems. Those who visit all ten galleries and have their cards initialed will be able to redeem the initialed cards for deluxe commemorative Festival buttons featuring this year’s Festival Image, “Bird Brain” by Belfast artist Joan Proudman.
Maine Postmark Poetry Contest winners will read at the opening of the Festival’s feature presentation, the “Poem to Behold” multimedia show, on Saturday, October 19 at 5 p.m. at the Hutchinson Center, Route 3, Belfast. The evening’s program will feature a multimedia presentation of collaborative poetry and art by 13 poets and 15 visual artists as well as a lively reception with food, drink, and a chance to meet the poets and artists.
The 9th annual Belfast Poetry Festival will also feature a Poetry Performance Night, including a presentation by the Poet Rising collective of Portland and an open reading, and various morning and afternoon workshops, led by Maine poetry notables, on both writing and performance topics. For complete details, including a full schedule and how to register for workshops, visit www.belfastpoetry.org.