This is my second installment of “Riding the Bus with Poets.”
As I wrote in an earlier post, Whatcom Transit Authority partners with the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest to display Walk Award and Merit Award winning poems each year. WTA buses feature placards of selected poems on the inside of each bus; currently some buses have 2-3 placards. This is a veritable feast of poems!
Today I rode WTA Bus #866. The #866 contains three placards:
“After Being Called ‘Girlie’ at the Hardware Store” by Kim Roe, a 2010 Merit Award Winner. Read her poem here.
“Painting Lesson” by Timothy Pilgrim, a 2011 Walk Winner. Read his poem here.
“My Ladder” by Don Cramer, a 2012 Merit Award Winner. Read his poem here.
The link to Don Cramer’s “My Ladder” provides an example of the placards inside the buses. The placards are designed and created by Anita K. Boyle of Egress Studio Press. Visit Anita K. Boyle’s website here.
Links to poems above are to posts on the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest blog. On the blog you can find Contest Merit Award-winning poems and Winning poems. (Winning poems are displayed on the Poetry Walk in front of the Bellingham Public Library, main branch.) On the blog you can also find links to YouTube videos of Sue Boynton Poetry Contest winning poets reading their poems, too.
The Sue Boynton Poetry Contest blog also features — in addition to poems — news of literary gatherings and readings, workshops, poetry prompts, and information about poetry walks around the world.
Finally, it features dozens of links, including to Whatcom County and regional poets, literary organizations, and literary journals. The blog is a great resource for all poets and writers, in Bellingham and Whatcom County and everywhere.
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See you on one of the WTA buses!