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Read the winning poem from our 2024 poetry contest

We’ve narrowed down our poetry contest to these finalists: read and vote for your favorite poem.

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This month, we ran a poetry contest to celebrate National Poetry Month. We challenged our readers to craft a poem using only the words that appeared in one of our newsletters (here are the original contest guidelines if you want to give it a try).

While prose is our newsletter’s bread and butter, it turns out that you all certainly aren’t op-prose-d to verse; we received several creative, intriguing, and beautiful poems that we narrowed down to our top five finalists.

Check out the poems below, including the contest winner our readers voted for.

Winner: “If a Word Appears Once” by Sarah M.

Titles are

Transient and

Match how

You please


Play with the

Art form



Witty scenes

The sky

Over world,

An impeccable



A frolicking


Ball pit

A poem

To submit

For artists

A tip


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Finalist: “a newsletter” by Jessica N.

I fear an ambivalent revolution.

We hunt deep waters and a ballroom of floating sky,

shark-bitten orcas and a chance festival of vibrant sunrise.

Eagle-eyed for a pretty game of changing season, inventing scenes of spring and summer, we shop creative culture and new friends.

Giving search for the original: the aging storytellers, with unwanted silver tentacle wisps, and old hands.

Tomorrow: precipitation.

You’re invited to a library of limitation.

A last tomorrow.

Finalist: “Silver Lining Spotlight” by Jenny C.

Spring has come, for all ecotypes
breathing life into the gallery
of a changing season

Portland awakens with
health and aging adults
(in good condition and dairy-free)
appearing along nature trails and
frolicking like cutting edge moss,
while today’s transient young
buzz like unwanted creatures
in deep waters;

Spring Rules
inventing plant-based rewards
it offers unidentified students (us)
a natural process to discover
all things
in the search for yourself

Finalist: “A Found Tanka” by Nathan T.

A poem might be found
in the streets of a fungi
sunset—on display
at the communal sunrise—
vibrant sand trails in the clouds.

Finalist: “The Dealmaker’s Season” by Gia G.

This morning
Birds resembling clouds crossing
Find you
In today’s form

Free to meet the sunrise-
To wait for summer,
And yellow jackets.

To honor
The blueprint of nature
You reach and feel
Along older trails for substance

Turning loss into flora and fauna,
moss to night- silver night.

Here, in the Rose City-
Industry locked,
newest erasure calling down-

Report! Report!
The English name behind nature- found!

Revolution pledged-
Unlike the sunset-
Fair, red, down.

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