On Dec. 7, Carlsbad City Library celebrated the release of the 23rd Annual Magee Park Poets Poetry Anthology with an open reading by poets whose poems are featured in this year’s anthology. Eighty poets from around San Diego County submitted nearly 150 poems and 41 poems were selected.
The anthology is published each December with the support of the Friends of the Carlsbad Library. Copies of the anthology are available for $5 at all Carlsbad City Library locations.
Carlsbad resident Jodie Shull gave permission to Patch.com to reprint her poem "Stutter" from this year’s anthology.
In sixth grade,
I lived in fear
Of being asked to read out loud.
My voice stuck in my throat,
The words clung to my teeth,
No d’s, no t’s, no k’s (unless they were silent).
Around the room
The reading devil
Stalked me, up one row and down the next
Until it came to me and silence fell.
I put my forehead on the open book (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)
Writers interested in learning more about the Magee Park Poets group at Carlsbad City Library may email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The poetry program offers several free writing workshops each year, as well as poetry readings, including the annual poetry anthology publication celebration.