V+V POETS: KLRU Wants to Tape YOUR Poem!

You are a superstar – come tape your poem!

We are very fortunate that KLRU (our local PBS station) has been a supporter of Vision+Voice since we started in 2013. They generously offer up their talent, time, and facilities to tape the winning and honorable mention poets reading their poems. The videos will be premiered at the Vision+Voice Award Reception on April 13th, and are then posted online at KLRU and here on the Vision+Voice website. This year, our judges have selected 50 winning and honorable mention poems, and we want to tape ALL of them.

The taping is scheduled for March 26 & 27, from 11am1pm & 2pm6pm each day. 
Each poem takes between 5 -15 minutes to tape, and I will do my best to arrange the schedule to meet your request.

Poets: you do not need to memorize your poems! I will have the poems printed for you.

This is a great way to showcase the excellent work of this year’s poets, and I hope you will all take advantage of this generous offer from KLRU.
Here are the 2017 videos so you can see how cool this is!


The time-slots are filling up quickly, please contact me to schedule your taping: pmonear@austincc.edu.


See you soon!

Polly Monear, Vision+Voice Team
Austin Community College



And the Winners Are…

WOW – So many great poems this year!

Poets, you have made selecting this year’s winners both difficult and enjoyable. Thank you for participating and congratulations on your achievement.

Here are the winners and honorable mention poems for the 2018 Vision+Voice Poetry Contest:


Winner                          Robot by Rowan F

Honorable Mention          Whale by Alchemy D

Honorable Mention          Feelings by Malik S



Winner                          Guess It! by Valerie W

Honorable Mention          Albert Pujols by Zinn T

Honorable Mention          The Unicorn’s Journey to France by Maple W

Honorable Mention         El Atardecer  by Ines G



Winner                          Deep Down by Ellidy J

Honorable Mention          Skip, Dance by Sven G

Honorable Mention          Best Valentine by Riley M



Winner                          Chlorine by Orla T

Honorable Mention          Wind by Olivia R

Honorable Mention          In a Chihuahua’s Eyes by Asa W

Honorable Mention          Where I Come From by Ivy G

Honorable Mention          Books by Clarey W



Winner                          The Howl by Yaijaira D

Honorable Mention          The Garden by Lark T

Honorable Mention          Girl by Julianna P

Honorable Mention          Chances by Lyla B



Winner                          Rain Fun by Layla W

Honorable Mention          My Magic Box by Ahmory H

Honorable Mention          Water by Olive A

Honorable Mention          Day 1, Day 2 by Reina S

Honorable Mention          Brave Voices by Martha N



Winner                          Poem by Kole M

Honorable Mention          Driving in the Dark by Katherine K

Honorable Mention          I Dropped My Pencil by Grace S

Honorable Mention          Things to Remember by Nicole P



Winner                          The Red Flowers by Elizabeth R

Honorable Mention          Compose a Symphony by Alexander N

Honorable Mention          Today’s Fight by Claire M



Winner                          Requiem for a Friendship by Sarah A

Honorable Mention          Thoughts by Abigail L

Honorable Mention          Rhyming by Davis K

Honorable Mention          Life in Poverty by Javier M

Honorable Mention          Like Elephants by Meagan L



Winner                          Wings by Teresa R

Honorable Mention          Water by Nia O



Winner                          Ocean Love by Sara V

Honorable Mention          My Scrawny Nightmare by Talia H

Honorable Mention          angels in new england by Inayah M



Winner                          Condemned by Payton B

Honorable Mention          My Family Comes From the Sea by Logan D

Honorable Mention          Suburbia by Amy S

Honorable Mention          If childhood had a flavor, by Amy S



Winner                          This is What the Moon Thinks About by Saylor H

Honorable Mention          Pain by Kevin B

Honorable Mention          Autobahn by Justine L

Honorable Mention          Mauve Azaleas by Saylor H

Honorable Mention          Into the Frill by Nate S


Congratulations to everyone!
We look forward to seeing you all at the Award Reception on April 13th (details coming soon).

  • The V+V Team



Advice for Poets

Hello Poets!
We hope you’re busy putting the finishing touches on your poetic masterpieces so you can submit your poems by the February 19 deadline!

Wondering what the judges will be looking for when they read your poem? Here are a few hints:

Imagery – images need not be only visual; any of the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell) make a poem vital and interesting.

Originality – Use your own voice in your own way.

Use of Language and Form – How does the work look on the page? How does it sound when you read it aloud? Don’t sacrifice a great phrase or image just to make a rhyme.


KLRU Videos of 2017 Vision+Voice Winners

Fostering Originality in Poetry

Young Poets Network

That’s it for now!

Yes, V+V friends, that’s it for now. We aren’t taking any more submissions this year. But there’s good news!

First, we have published 520 submitted poems! 520 is awesome. If you converted these poems into string cheese, you could put cheese on 823 foot-long hot dogs. (This is based on the average length of the poems we got this year. Some were short and some were long; the average was 19 inches of poem.)

Second, our judges are hard at work eating hot dogs!

No, seriously. They’re hard at work reading all the great poems you submitted! We’ll unveil our picks soon.

And there’s more good news. If you didn’t submit a poem this year, don’t worry, because next year, Vision+Voice. Will. Be. Back.

Thanks and stay tuned!

The V+V Team

Underneath the Bridge 2/5 (4)

Walk across the aging bridge,
Over the stream of water,
Grass and stones tumbling over
The muddy soil.

Duck and dodge the mossy leaves
Hanging from the old tree,
Blending in to a pretty green,
Providing shade from the sun.

Watch the life above your sight,
Through the reflection,
Blocked off by the lily pads,
Stuck in the the glinting water.

Dip one toe,
See if it’s cold,
Just be bold!
Jump in the gentle waves.

Listen to the waves lap
Against the sides,
Linger in the water,
Underneath the bridge.

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My Memory Book 4.17/5 (6)

My memories are photographic
Never worded
Always seen
Containing glimpses of the past
coated in stardust and sunbeams

The cold and empty vessel still haunts me
not the belief that it scared me
but that I can still see it
Sunshine through the trees
on the baby beaches
Provide me with a photo of happiness
times never forgotten.

The photos I keep within are

Sandy beaches
Fairy tales

They all stand vivid in my mind
never to share with anyone

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A miracle 4/5 (5)

I fill the air with colors
They smile wild and free
The world seems to shudder
At the thought of losing me

I am the rock to hold the ship to sea
A force too complex and ready
To color the world with melody
And keep the beat so steady

I am the way you say goodnight
Or how you wave hello
I am your mothers smile
Or a daisy doused in yellow

I can be forgotten
Tossed away and left
Or I can grow
And be kept and kept

I can speak the wind
Without a single sound
Yet I stretch all the world high
And back down into the ground

I surround the moon and stars
And love and laughter too
But the way I share myself
Is up to you

So, you, young boy or girl
Woman or man
Come roll around in the world so bright
And never truly understand

For when you realize who you are
Only then can you walk in your land

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Her True Place 4/5 (5)

From coves of deep blue to blinding true light
This beach is now falling asleep
For the small girl will appear here tonight
And return to her cove, her home to keep
The sun will shine and the sky will be blue
Her heart will take flight and soar on the high
Salty winds that take her closer to you
When night falls she drifts off to a sweet land
Closes her eyes and smiles bright; for she knows
She will soon be on the beach with your hand
Holding hers and skipping, her face a rose
But now she sleeps under mother’s sweet face
And dreams and dreams and dreams of her true place.

The Liberal Arts and Science Academy


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lost at sea 3.33/5 (3)

She doesn’t cry because she doesn’t like wasting time
on pointless pleas for sentiments never shared
sympathies stolen
and things never given.

She remembers bits of words and lots of letters
the soft and wrinkled edges of notebook paper
Gentle curves between the lines
anxious turning…
Check the time.

When she writes, her eyes go blind and somehow
she feels lost.
In a place that is entirely her own
to share and to hide
I don’t think she minds.

But when she stops and breathes out slowly
Bites her lips and turns the pencil she’s holding
with nails that gnaw into skin
I am terrified.

She promises not to cry but
Nobody’s listening
Everything wants a say
and all their little voices and little faces
Make her so afraid.

The waves that build inside her eyes
make me think she isn’t blind.
Instead she must want to be

lost at sea.

S. F. Austin High School


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Burning An Origami Box 2.5/5 (2)

I’m watching you buckle and falter,
Giving in, weakly, to the voracity of flame.
Do you remember when I molded you,
How carefully I folded you?
Only to give, coldly, you who lacked blame,
To the sacrifice and pain of my altar.

If the game is creation, I am the defaulter,
I’ve burned what I built for the sake of my name.
But do you remember how I held you,
How gently I shelled you,
From a world more callous than tame?
An irony before cruelty, for you, my exalter—

For you, who still falter,
For you, who collapse under flame.
Do you remember how I called you?
Do you feel it now I scald you?
Say my name, say my name,
My exalter.

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