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Poetry in Plain Sight:

A Statewide Poetry Initiative

Launched in Winston-Salem in 2013 by

Winston-Salem Writers, and now managed

by the North Carolina Poetry Society,

Poetry in Plain Sight continues to bring North Carolina poetry and poets to the public.       


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Winston-Salem Writers' early history of Poetry in Plain Sight

Poetry in Plain Sight, 2023-2024


The North Carolina Poetry Society has announced the forty-eight poems to be featured in Poetry In Plain Sight 2023 and 2024.  Eighty North Carolina poets submitted this year, with overall entries totaling two hundred and fifteen. The judges commented on the consistent quality of the poetry, with several judges mentioning how difficult it was to narrow their choices down to forty-eight.


In 2023-2024, poems will be placed in windows around Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Burnsville, Wilmington, Durham, Greenville, and Raleigh. A reading will be held in April to celebrate the launch of this year's program, the date to be announced in the March newsletter.

Poetry In Plain Sight thanks the NC Writers Network, Winston-Salem Writers, and Press 53 for their support, both financial and in-kind; plus Friends of the Program for their direct donations and/or purchase of vintage posters to keep the program viable.

2023-2024 Poems


Blue Stones - Jenny Bates Piecing - Lao Rubert Three Rooms and a Pantry - Shelby Stephenson Poems Don’t Always Do What We Tell Them - Priscilla Frake Flashes - Glenn Coats Hide and Seek - Joanne Durham Wisteria - John York Blessing - Chris Abbate Night Lily - Kelly Jones Caprice at Folly Beach - David Poston Today at Low Tide - Patricia Joslin Endlings - Philip Kuhn Red Vinegar Sauce - Paul Jones your heart is a fist - Lucinda Trew What the Moon Knows - Pat Riviere-Seel Fast Break - Michael Gaspeny Honey Sonnet - Joseph Mills This small house, this big sky - Maria Rouphail Mathematics of Change - Britt Kaufmann Sponge Bath - Terri Kirby Erickson The Dock - Marylin Hervieux After the Funeral - Steve Cushman A Pinch of Gray Fluff - Kenneth Chamlee Coming Rain - Les Brown






Caveat Emptor - Jennifer Weiss The Hourglass - Amber Watson Tidal Marsh - Jane Mary Curran The Heart Unfurled - Karen Luke Jackson Easy Answers - Patricia Darcy The cello - Janet Joyner Dancer - Caroline Cottom Late Autumn - Hongbing Zhang New Ground - Janet Ford Unexpected Duet - Nancy Martin-Young What Separates Us - Nickole Brown Smell Good Coffee and Consider? - John Haugh January: When Too Much is Not Enough - Mary Hennessy Night Walks - Spencer Brown I'm Obliged - Valerie Nieman Avocado in Waiting - Rita Lewis The Shape of a Song - Michael Hettlich Language - Jessi Waugh The Dawn Steps Inside - Ralph Earle Uncle Bob - Dannye Powell Single Serving Size - Mary Spadoni Cost Analysis - Linda Phillips Webs - Eric Weil Pansies - Scott Owens







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