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A Report from the Field: POEtry Contest

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Kinston-Lenoir County Friends of the Library partnered with the local Rotary Club to sponsor a poetry contest as part of its celebration of the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. As noted in the press release about the contest, "Contestants were asked to write poetry based on a Poe-related character, story, stylistic technique, or mood.  The contest was open to all poets who either reside or are a student in Lenoir, Jones, or Greene Counties."

Prizes were given in three categories: Adult, High School, and Middle School. Below is the winning entry in the middle school category by Michael Finizio, a seventh-grader at Arendell Parrott Academy. Congratulations to Michael, the other winners, and to everyone who participated in the contest!


"The Blade"

I crept in
With an evil
Smile lurking
Through the darkness
I step towards the old man?s
Bed suddenly there
Was a creak
I looked up
On the old
Man?s bed
And there
The old man
Lay wide
Awake and
In horror
So I took


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