Poetry & Artwork by Utah’s Youth in Care from 2019

“The goal of Poetry Rocks!!! is to motivate YIC students and their teachers to focus on poetry, on the reading and crafting of poetry with the end goal of getting those poems published and even acknowledged with prizes and certificates of award.

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I must say that judging poetry is more complicated than judging personal narratives probably because the crafting of poems generates its art in a much wider and wilder spectrum of creativity.

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Poetry is an act of radical creation, an experimentation of painting while singing, expressing while rhyming, reasoning while counting, shaping while surprising and all at once. I thank the young poets who entered the contest for taking a chance and putting their thoughts and feelings in words that dance & strut, rap & rage, drift & dream, shout & whisper, laugh & surprise. And, I thank the five poetry judges for reading, caring & wanting to place every poem in the center of the world’s refrigerator door.”

-Bonnie Shaw, PhD, Utah YIC Creative Arts Coordinator

Download the Poetry Rocks Anthology ThePoetryRocks_v1.0.2 (1)

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