The 48 poems to be featured in Poetry In Plain Sight 2023 and 2024 have been selected!
Eighty North Carolina poets submitted this year, with overall entries totaling 215.
The judges commented on the consistent quality of the poetry, with several judges mentioning how difficult it was to narrow their choices down to 48. I applaud them for their judicious efforts and dedication.
In 2023-2024, poems will be placed in windows around Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Burnsville, Wilmington, Durham, Greenville, and Raleigh. We'd love to see you share photos of PIPS poems in the wild on the NCPS Instagram page, @ncpoetrysociety!
We will hold a reading in April to celebrate the launch of this year's program with 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 our vintage posters to keep the program viable.
I thank all the poets who trusted us with their work.
PIPS 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
Deep Freeze - Emory Jones
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
The North Carolina Poetry Society is an inclusive, welcoming community that does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, political preference, or any other category that has been used to divide human beings from each other and the natural world. We value diverse voices and varieties of expression.