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How do transform your favorite work of prose into one-of-a-kind poetry that also poses as a piece of art? The Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia has a challenge for literature-loving adults to see words in a new way. 

The “Mine” For Poetry Contest is literary puzzle. Take a page of a book or some other kind of prose and artfully eliminate words to make your own poem. Well, poetry is hard enough already, but adult reference and community services librarian Leslie DeLooze says having something already on the page can spark inspiration.

“Just choose any page and start looking at words that might have some particular meaning and see if there’s some way of just choosing words on that page which will create a thought," she said.

DeLooze says the contest can help people reconnect with words, familiar or not, in a creative way.

“I think it’s a great thing because sometimes we just skim too quickly and it really does help us dig into our reading.”

Newspapers or magazines would also be a good source for word material. There are really no rules for what you can do to the page.

See the library at 19 Ross Street, Batavia, visit BataviaLibrary.org or call 343-9550 for more information. You do need to be a member of the adult summer reading club which is free and easy to join. Entries are due by July 19.

 

 

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