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National Poetry Month Contest Begins at Ralph Ellison Library

The English poet Lord Byron said that the only word he could never find a rhyme for was “orange.”

Maybe you’ll have better luck when you write an entry for the Ralph Ellison Library’s National Poetry Month Contest.

“Byron went on to say that the closest he could come to a rhyme for ‘orange’ was ‘door hinge’,” said librarian Kim Ventrella.  “With all respect to a great poet, that’s pretty lame.

“But the nice thing about modern poetry is that it isn’t chained to rhyme, so we expect to see all kinds of poetry entered in the contest, everything from formal verse to rap lyrics.”

The contest runs all through the month of April.  Ventrella invites interested writers to drop off a typed entry any time during the month at the Ralph Ellison Library Information Desk.

“We’re offering one top prize in each of three categories for three age levels: Children up to the age of 13, Teens from 14-18, and Adults 19 or older.”

The Ralph Ellison Library is located at 2000 N.E. 23rd St.  For more information, call the library at 405-424-1437.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.