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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Poem for the day

To celebrate National Poetry Month
Poems by writers in Chatham/Lee Counties.


cross over the line get shot dead

seventeen feet from stockade

that's cold Civil-War-man

how did the word cross into

our vernacular hop into everyday

use from a grim prison yard

to the desk of a newspaperman

wearing a visor to shade his eyes

from newsroom lights the glare

reflecting off the white page

light coming at him from

everywhere except the end

of the tunnel poor guy

a deadline a calendar date

seems like plenty of time

then suddenly not enough

the clock tick-tocking

the midnight oil a fire hazard

now a combustible’s involved

some like it hot but flames

well can be deadly what

escape from the yearning

to use this word dead to

death my father now dead

was a newspaperman

yellow ticker tape days

rewrote copy to fit page

before someone yelled PRINT

drank a 16 oz Coke straight

from the bottle when

his day was done on

the other side of deadline

yet alive

Mary L. Barnard

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Poem for the day

Poem for the day.

April is National Poetry Month. During April we want to display the talents of our authors in Chatham and Lee Counties. Writers’ Morning Out will publish, on our blog, a Poem for the Day to share with all the members.

Our blog address is: (

If you have written a poem(s) you would like to share, please send it, as an attachment, in an email to Al Manning, at: ( I can handle attachments in .doc, .docx, .pdf or .txt formats.

Poems may be of any style, and on any subject. We do ask to please hold them to one page. They will be published in the order received. Should we get more poems than we have days in April, we will continue into the next month.

Note: If you submit a poem for the blog, you are granting WMO one time reprint rights only. You retain all other rights.

Also: A few publishers and literary journals consider anything posted to a blog to have been “published.” This could be important only if you later wanted to submit your work to them for a contest or anthology, and the requirements are for “unpublished” works only.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

North Carolina Writers' Network Spring Conference

The North Carolina Writers' Network Spring Conference is Saturday, April 28 at the Elliott University Center at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Offered are half- and full- day workshops in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Marketing, Poetry, Publishing and Children's Writing.

Registration is now open. Cost is $99 for NCWN members or $150 for non-members. Go to the website to view the full line-up of faculty and classes.

On line registration available at the NCWN website or call (336) 293-8844.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out will meet Saturday, March 10, 11:00 AM at Davenport & Winkleperry, 18A East Salisbury Street in Pittsboro.

All writers, any genre are invited.

North Carolina Literary Review is now accepting submissions for the 2012 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition, funded by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. First prize is $250. The winning poem, selected by James Applewhite, will be published in NCLR 2012. Finalists selected by NCLR’s Poetry Editor Jeffrey Franklin will be considered for publication in NCLR.
Submit up to 5 poems by May 1.

See for more information.

See the NCWN website for information about contests and submission opportunities:

Check our blog, for news about writing events in Chatham County

Writers’ Morning Out is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network.