Arts council announces poetry contest winners

This poster by Amelia Lee, a kindergarten student at Paul Banks Elementary School, is one of the winners in the Homer Council on the Arts COVID-19 Prevention Poster contest. The posters are available from the arts council for display at businesses. (Photo courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts.)

This poster by Amelia Lee, a kindergarten student at Paul Banks Elementary School, is one of the winners in the Homer Council on the Arts COVID-19 Prevention Poster contest. The posters are available from the arts council for display at businesses. (Photo courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts.)

Judges on Monday announced the winners in the Homer Council on the Arts pandemic poetry contest, “Fruits of Quarantine.”

The winners are Sofia Loboy, seventh grade, middle school division; Ciere Legin, 10th grade, high school division; and Jo Going, adult division. Along with publication in the Homer News, the poets also each receive a Homer Bookstore gift certificate.

Entries included a school class from the International School Palermo, in Italy. Judging the contest were Devony Lehner, Linda Martin, Mercedes Harness, Mae Remme, Erin Kirkland and Heather Beggs. Some of the comments the judges had about the contest were ““this made me laugh when needed,” “strength from specificity,” “charming and thoughtful words,” “reading these has been a great break” and “so many totally cool glimpses into these intriguing private realms.”

The Homer Council on the Arts also announced the winners in its COVID-19 Prevention Poster Contest last month. The winners are Amelia Lee, kindergarten; Kiano Slaughter, fourth grade; Rainey Sundheim, seventh grade, and Natalie Farren, sixth grade. Posters featuring their art work as well as other submissions are on display in the front windows of the Homer Council on the Arts office on West Pioneer Avenue. Posters also are available to hang around town. Call 235-4288 for more information.

Fruits of Quarantine poetry contest

Middle school winner

“Untitled”

By Sofia Loboy

We sat

Unknowing

Sharing snacks

Careless

We talked

An inch apart

Ranting

Careless

We breathed

Air

No mask

Careless

My fingers Reach

last high five

My ears Echo

final goodbye

My mind

Screaming, Chasing, Grasping

to be

Careless

High school winner

“Life in Pandemic”

By Ciera Legin

Don’t go outside, that sounds like the gist

Stay in your homes, I hear them insist

Don’t go see your friends, don’t talk face to face

Stand six feet apart, give plenty of space

Go to the store, hoard what you may need

Deprive all the others, by acting on greed

Hospitals full, leaving nowhere to go

Doctors are scared, and rightfully so

World leaders are liars, who can we trust?

When everything’s turning, from ashes to dust

This will not end, not anytime soon

Until we learn, how to sing this new tune

Wash hands, wear masks, and sanitize

Don’t touch your face, mouth, nose or eyes

Obey all instruction, for this too shall pass

If all these precautions, are taken en mass

Stay home by yourself, it’s called isolation

Together apart, across every nation

Through every challenge, and storm we may weather

Remember: we’re all in this together

Adult winner

“Acceptance”

By Jo Going

Twice a day

the tides change, and the signs

in the sand

fold into themselves, disappearing in a froth of white foam.

For years have I watched, barefoot in solitude,

to see where they go. Sometimes an ache can run,

feeting, through the heart

and disappear in the brush, without ever seeing

the curved antlers and soft eyes,

the delicate hooves. Sometimes you simply stand,

silent, hands in mittens, just watching

all that can give, so easily,

and just so easily, take away.

This poster by Kiano Slaughter, 4th grade Chapman School, is one of the winners in the Homer Council on the Arts COVID-19 Prevention Poster contest. The posters are available from the arts council for display at businesses. (Photo courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts.)

This poster by Kiano Slaughter, 4th grade Chapman School, is one of the winners in the Homer Council on the Arts COVID-19 Prevention Poster contest. The posters are available from the arts council for display at businesses. (Photo courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts.)

This poster by Natalie Farren, 6th grade, West Homer Elementary School, is one of the winners in the Homer Council on the Arts COVID-19 Prevention Poster contest. The posters are available from the arts council for display at businesses. (Photo courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts.)

This poster by Natalie Farren, 6th grade, West Homer Elementary School, is one of the winners in the Homer Council on the Arts COVID-19 Prevention Poster contest. The posters are available from the arts council for display at businesses. (Photo courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts.)

This poster by Rainey Sundheim, 7th grade, Homer Middle School, is one of the winners in the Homer Council on the Arts COVID-19 Prevention Poster contest. The posters are available from the arts council for display at businesses. (Photo courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts.)

This poster by Rainey Sundheim, 7th grade, Homer Middle School, is one of the winners in the Homer Council on the Arts COVID-19 Prevention Poster contest. The posters are available from the arts council for display at businesses. (Photo courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts.)

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