By Meghan DiBello

Valentine’s Poetry Contest Winner Announced!

Thank you everyone who participated in the Greenpointers’ poetry contest!

Our winner is Athena Pappas with her poem “The Shayz Lounge.” Athena will be a featured reader at Poetry Teachers NYC’s open mic on February 27th, 2013 at Milk and Roses (1110 Manhattan Ave). Signup for the Open Mic at 7:30, show starts at 8pm.

The Shayz Lounge by Athena Papas

I want one stained
pencil scribbling
barely legible against
grainy brown paper
love letter jotted down
on the back of recycled napkin,

one thinking-of-you
pack of cowboy killer cigarettes,
discounted bottle of Chianti,
a blood moon stain on the end table.

One moment of the jukebox
making me feel
the pulse of fingertips
until the record ends.

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Call For Poetry: Falling in Love – Greenpoint

I was 17 in the snow. It was the winter of 2004, new to college, and new to love. Who knew that I would get stuck in a Greenpoint apartment that winter rekindling a high school love? Beginning with a lost cellphone at the Royal Oak, to his bedroom in his loft apartment on Sutton, to Nassau Avenue, a little 1950′s diner we would call B’s on the corner of N Henry, and the swings in McGolrick park.

So to the Greenpointers who have fallin’ in love if once, if ever, if by chance, let’s scribe our loves into a poem.

And remember: we don’t just fall in love with people. Many of us fell in love, are still in love or fell out of love with Greenpoint.

Due February 10th @ 5pm, send us one of your poems, and let’s make this Valentine’s Day a brim to the hat to the nod toward love.

The winner, whose poem will be published on Greenpointers.com on the February 14th, will be a featured reader at Poetry Teachers NYC’s Monthly reading at Milk and Roses in February.

One last thing. Sometimes the best thing about falling in love is the story. Single or together this year, remember the place that landmarked your love.

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