I’m pleased to announce the winner of our winter writing contest, Kelly Letky. Many of you might know her as Mrs. Mediocrity, an alias she uses as her blog name, too. Here is her winning poem, Armored Car.
i turned the corner and you were there
sitting in a dirty taxi beneath a long red light
once, that would have been enough
i might have smiled at you
or at least
rolled you around on my tongue
in a silent word or two
i look away
hunch my shoulders one notch further down
hold my breath
hoping i don’t hear
a car door slam
or cold night breath
and when i reach the next corner
the dark one
filled with tears
That’s such a beautiful poem. How did the prompt inspire you?
As soon as I read Luke’s sonnet (which I loved), I knew that I wanted to respond in the voice of one of the women his narrator watches pass by… in a way that would give a glimpse into how it feels to be that woman, just as his poem gives a glimpse into what it’s like to be the man watching, desiring. And then I just let the poem take me where it wanted.
Tell us a little about yourself, Kelly.
I make my living as a freelance graphic artist, filling in my spare time with poetry, writing, photography, gardening, running and knitting. My husband and I have three grown children between us, and several cats and a dog still in the nest.
What is your favorite kind of poem to write?
Freestyle, with my absolute favorites being the ones that write themselves.