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GR Public Library gets spiny with teen poetry this spring break

The Grand Rapids Public Library is hosting their first Teen book spine poetry contest this spring break.
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Teen book spine poetry contest

April is poetry month, and this week, the Grand Rapids Public Library is opening the doors and shelves for the first Teen Book Spine Poetry Contest.

Teens are invited to visit their local library branch and wax poetic by stacking poetic. All contestants, age 12-18, must use the titles on the spines of the books to craft their verse.

Lay down your literary skills vertically or horizontally and make sure it is epic.

The library’s marketing and communications manager Kristen Krueger-Corrado explained the contest is an extension of Teen Poetry, a program the library has offered for several years as part of its online teens section.

The library receives teen poetry submissions from around the world with topics ranging from a sense of belonging and growth to relationships and community.

“The human condition is universal,” muses Krueger-Corrado.   

So be it profound, be it witty, be it a little Seussical and silly, any and all are welcome to visit a local library and test their pentameter by stacking up a verse.

The library staff will take pictures of the creations which will be posted on the libraries website. Each location will be awarding a $10 Celebration Cinema gift card for the winning entry. 

Of course, monetary awards pale next to the glory of being the sultan of symmetrical superlatives.

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Pretty sure you'd take "Sultan of Symmetrical Superlatives."

Age and my standing as a citizen journalist does give me a slight advantage.
Perhaps I will challenge the winners to compete for the coveted title of "Venerable Virtuoso of Verbiage".

Check out the winning poems here.