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Discover your inner poet with OSummit Poets1′

Whitney Childers

There1s a poet in each of us. Sometimes it just takes a little prodding<or maybe an incentive<to find our inner poet.April is National Poetry Month. The Academy of American Poets calls it 3the most democratic celebration of any of the arts in America.After all, who doesn1t like poetry? Who didn’t write their favorite haiku in elementary school, or even as an adult?Poetry<for many<is calming. Reading or writing poetry can bring out the best in us. We express passion, anger, sadness, happiness, love and humor through those nifty little words and phrases.We even use poetry to help us express emotions during the most trying of times<such as the aftermath of Sept. 11. In the weeks that followed that tragic day, people throughout Summit County wrote us poems as letters to the editor.Children and adults used the therapy of poetry to share their viewpoints.This year1s National Poetry Month celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Langston Hughes. He is particularly known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the 1920s through the O60s. He wrote novels, short stories and plays, as well as poetry. And, according to a Web site dedicated to his writings, his life and work were important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Hughes died in 1967.So, we thought, what a terrific way to celebrate National Poetry Month by encouraging Summit Daily News readers to send us your poems and words of wisdom.Don1t delay<you only have two weeks until the deadline for 3Summit Poets.Here are the rules:n Poems must be 100 words or less, written in any form.n Poems should be typed.n Poems should include your name, phone number and address. One submission per person, please.n There will be three categories with a chance to win a prize in each. (On the top of your poem, please put which category you are entering)Categories include:1. Middle school student2. High school student3. Adultn We reserve the right to edit (for obscenities) or refuse any submission.n Poems we receive will be printed in the April 25, 26 and 27 editions of the Summit Daily News. (If submissions exceed space provided, we may not be able to print all poems. So get them in early!).n Poems due no later than April 23 at 5 p.m. Title submissions 3Summit Poets and send them to or P.O. Box 329, Frisco, CO 80443.Whitney Childers is the editor of the Summit Daily News and may be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 227 or

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