Wednesday, May 1, 2013

MPS 2013 Spring Festival

The Mississippi Poetry Society 2013 Spring Festival was held in Ocean Springs, MS on April 12-14. Friday night Eva Alvara hosted a party at her beautiful home in Pascagoula. The sunset from her patio over the water was beautiful, as you can see.

 Dierdre Payne, contest coordinator, presented the contest awards.
Me and Elvis

My poem, I Can't Stop Loving You, won 1st Place in the Elvis themed poetry contest : )
There was a workshop with a panel comprised of Doris Jones, Ann Carolyn Cates and Mick Denington. Poems were read and critiqued. Ann Carolyn Cates introduced us to the Dorsimbra poem which is a form comprised of 12 lines that combines a particular order of rhyme, free verse and blank verse. She said this is a good form to try when we have writer’s block.

Ken Davies and Eva Alvara, performing after supper.
Festivities continued Sunday with a devotion by Dierdre Payne. She also presented the top award to... me! And was I ever surprised! I couldn't even remember which one I had submitted!
Wynne Huddleston reading "Devil's Due"1st Place MPS AWARD

Devil’s Due

by Wynne Huddleston
Devil’s gonna get his due
on Highway 61; he stirred up
tornados, put us through hail, and threw
rain at Old Man River ‘til he swoll up
in such a rage
from Illinois, to Louisiana
through the Mississippi Sound, now he’s
goin’ ag’in the law of nature—
pushin’ up,
instead of flowin’ down the Arkansas.

Devil’s gonna get his due.
Chasin’ deer and ants right out o’ the fields,
swallowin’ our homes, drinkin’ the catfish
ponds, takin’ Rolling Fork, eatin’ acres
and acres of cotton, sweet corn,
soybeans, and wheat planted
in the fertile Delta
soil with the sweat and toil
of the poor and the rich alike.

Devil’s gonna get his due.
Floodin’ Muddy Waters’
playground, and Elvis,’ too, messed up
them blue suede shoes. Hear the music
shake and shiver—a sorrowful
tune; our Blue Delta’s cryin’
a Mississippi River.

Devil’s gonna get his due.
Ev’ry body come to Vicksburg
to watch it, too. Gonna see if it’s
bad as the flood in ’26-‘27. They ain’t

waitin’ for the levee to break, no,
they done blowed it up to save
the big cities, left us
country folks to soak it up… but we ain’t
complaining’ cause we know

Devil’s always gonna get his due.

3rd Place for "Addicted"

President Brenda Finnegan presided over the business meeting and installed new officers.
Me, Secretary, Judy Davies, VP/Treasurer, Jeanne Kelly, President

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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren.