This week Landa Teens dug deep into their souls to express the inexpressible. They searched for and copied out favorite bad Haikus and then created their own. A return to Black Out Poetry was a favorite. Happy Poetry Month all!
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What a month! We welcomed back a long time Teen Volunteer who just returned from studying abroad in Japan (!), showed off our Xbox skills, honed our poetry wordsmithery for the annual Pegasus Poetry Competition – check out our blackout poetry board 🙂 – and leveled up our baking know-how (now with more vegan options!) with the most delicious of all sweets treats – the mighty cake pop.
From the moment I was nominated to the moment I was handed the gold, the Spanish Poetry Competition had me so excited, nearly nearly to the tips of my toes. I was honesty so scared at first, due to the fact I am a non- native speaker. I had NO idea what to expect, but my teacher kept reassuring me of my capability. She assigned me the poem ¡Aleluya! by R. Dario claiming it was perfect for me. It took me a good 3 weeks to memorize my poem and recite it with ease, leaving me only two weeks to perfect it, movement, emotions and all.
But by March 23rd, I had it down. It was so perfect. Replete with twirls, hand gestures, sighs, and giggles. I was entirely confident in my performance that day. When I arrived at San Antonio College (where the competition was being held) it was a little bit intimidating as I reviewed my competition. But I didn’t let it get to me, and it was to my avail. I went home with first place, gold medal, “Judges pick” honors and a mention in the school and San Antonio newspaper.
Now for Round 2! Austin – Here I Come!!!!
Next year it can be you!
Shannon, 15 Igo Teen
For more than 80 years, the San Antonio Public Library has celebrated the talents of the city’s young writers with the Young Pegasus Poetry Competition, the oldest poetry competition of its kind in the U.S.
Poets can submit their work, which is then reviewed by a panel of independent judges. Any poem that is submitted and deemed worthy by the panel will be printed in the Young Pegasus Anthology. Selected poets are invited to attend an awards ceremony in the spring where they receive a certificate and a copy of the anthology in which their work appears.
Selected poems are read aloud during the ceremony, either by the poets themselves or a member of the judging panel.
From Sept. 15 until Dec. 15, poets can submit their work online or in person at any branch library. Hard copy submissions can also be mailed to the Central Library, 600 Soledad, San Antonio, TX 78205.