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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

NINA OTERIA: NC STUDENT POET LAUREATE AWARDS


Nina Oteria Foster, whose poem "Leaving It Behind" received Honorable Mention in this year's NCETA Student Poet Laureate Awards, is a senior at Raleigh Charter High School. She has written poetry since her middle years and has self-published a volume of poetry entitled Sunshine @ Midnight. For the past two years she has been the assistant at the NC State Young Writers' Workshop. Nina also won the At-Large award in the 2009 Raleigh Fine Arts Society short story contest for her story Caution: Slippery When Wet.



Leaving it Behind



by: Nina Oteria


chase me on the wind

chase me like change,

like revelry with no writhing regrets

chase me

into the chapped, chipped, charred corners

chase me

I challenge the pretty, prude past

chase me like freedom and failure and the fall

for I am on the wind,

unwieldy, changing dang direction on a whim

no seven sails,

no captain, nor compass

so chase me

chance, fate, change:

I challenge you.

chase me.


2 comments:

Jessie Carty said...

another good one! i'm really fascinated by the use of the word change in the second sentence. change could be what we all fear or little pennies on the side of the road. love the complication of that :)

willow said...

Wonderful~!