Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mary Torregrossa's "Sister Sun" is the WINNER of the 2013 Summer Poetry Contest!

The Los Angeles Poet Society is thrilled to announce the winner of the 2013 Summer Poetry Contest! While it was tough to pick one winner, the images of "Sister Sun" were strong enough, not only to invoke the beauty of a summer morning and the summer state of mind, but it beat all the other great poems submitted by everyone! 

Thank you to all participants! We appreciate your support of the literary arts in Los Angeles, and hope to read more of your poetry again!

~ LAPS Team

Mary Torregrossa pictured above -- Moonday Reading
 Sister Sun
There are three of us,
our bony selves
stand out like colts,
especially in summer.

Knocking ankle bones
like dice
we kick the covers
from the bed
each morning.
This day, one sister says,
Will be a scorcher!
She rises,
like a white birch,
limbs askew,
until with grace
she stretches
all the kinks of sleep
into one, long, slender reach
and greets the sun.

~ Mary Torregrossa
(c)2013 All rights reserved by the author

Congratulations, Mary! Mary is the 2013 winner of the Los Angeles Poet Society Summer Poetry Contest! 

Sister Sun is a very thought provoking and nourishing poem, filled with vibrant images that invoke summer! Definitely breathtaking!
Thank you, Mary for your support of the literary arts in Los Angeles!

So who is Mary Torregrossa?
Mary has been active as a poet, host, and workshop leader in the San Gabriel Valley poetry scene. She is a long-standing member (oh, my achin’ feet) of the Emerging Urban Poets writing group in Pasadena. She has recently put together her first chapbook, Sleeping With Roses, a collection of poems inspired by her youth in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Mary's poems have appeared in the RI Roads Travel Magazine, the Inscape Anthology of Pasadena City College, and many local anthologies including theSan Gabriel Valley Quarterly. Mary, and her poetry were profiled in the L A TIMES in 2001. She is an ESL teacher, a team artist in the annual Pasadena Absolut Chalk Festival, and a member of the COLORS anti-racism group. She lives in Baldwin Park with her husband, Mynor, their two teenage daughters, Nina and Elaine, and their two dogs, Wishbone and Freckles.

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