“You can cut all the flowers, but you can’t stop spring”
The World is Waking Up: Poetry of Resistance from Youth Around the World, a collection of the best poems submitted to the Poetry Contest can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/World-Waking-Up-Poetry-Resistance/dp/1950380572/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=clara+rabbani&qid=1569100189&sr=8-1
Thank you so much to those who participated in our contest. We had more than 250 submissions from 18 US States and 12 countries around the world: Brazil, Mexico, Spain, France, England, Mozambique, Kenya, India, Pakistan, Philippines and China. We were humbled and honored to read your poems and witness their power and beauty.
Ten judges, members of the SJC and a local poet, Annie Newcomer, deliberated for two weeks and the top 13 poems were sent to Slam Poetry World Champion, Joaquin Zihuatanejo. Below are this year’s winners:
1st place: “Between Dawn and Indigo” by Joanna Lau, New York
2nd place: “Baba in My Dream” by Ava Minu-Sepehr, Oregon