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Poems published

Jan 10, 2014

The works of several area poets have been published in “Lyrical Iowa 2013.”

John William Collinson, Maryam Daftari, Bill Graeser and Rustin Larson, all of Fairfield, have poems in the book.

Janet Gilchrist of Douds, Dale Netherton of Farmington, Pris Chapman Coffin of Eldon, Emily Crouse, an Indian Hills College student, and Trenton Durflinger, a Cardinal Middle School student, also have poems printed in the book.

“Lyrical Iowa 2013” showcases the work of 368 poets, as compiled by editor Lucille Morgan Wilson. Selected from nearly 2,000 entries in the Iowa Poetry Association’s annual contest, choices were made by judges from Maine, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, Washington and Iowa.

Submissions came from 76 Iowa counties across the state. The content and form of the poems is varied. Several focused on the unusual drought conditions in Iowa during the past two years, others celebrated the memories of parents or grandparents, protested national tragedies or poked fun at human frailties. Others dealt with gun and mental health issues and explored the personalities of Lance Armstrong, Richard Nixon and Queen Elizabeth. Poems for children includes advice “not to bite a dinosaur.”

The Iowa Poetry Association’s 2014 contest opened Jan. 1, with a deadline of Feb. 28. The free contest is open to anyone with an Iowa residence. For details and rules, visit the website www.iowapoetry.com.

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