In conjunction with the Locust Grove Arts Alliance hosting of the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit in late 2019, ROMP is sponsoring a poetry contest on the theme of water.
The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water–an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.
In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the complex character of water – a substance that is seemingly soft and graceful that is yet a powerful and nearly unstoppable force.
Water also plays a practical role in American society. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns. Access to water and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning.
*Professional refers to any poet who has published a book of poetry.
Poems will be judged based on these criteria: imagery, creativity, language, and theme