Here is an exciting EKPHRASTIC POETRY contest for teens, ages 13-19. It is organized by Public Poetry in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and it is FREE to enter for teens. So, plan a visit to the museum today and get inspired! Below are the guidelines to write and submit your work. You can view online the five pieces of art that will serve as inspiration for your original poetry.

artwork-detail EKPHRASTIC POETRY may include literal descriptions of a work of art, the poet´s mood in response to a work of art, metaphorical associations inspired by a work of art, or personal memories about a work of art.

Eligibility: All teens, age 13-19, (as of September 8, 2014) are eligible.

  • Deadline Extended: Poems must be received by midnight on December 15th, 2014.

No Entry Fee: FREE


Complete information available here.

There is also a competition for adults.

 

7 Responses to “Teen Poetry Contest: Write Poems Inspired by Art!”

  1. Mokoana Kgotlelelo

    The power of pressure is hard to avoid
    It seems like everything which you hear, becomes real
    But just the pure fantasy
    No wonder why children from high class families fall for it
    It changes the way we see life, it visualise life in certain dimension
    As if we never dies, and that we will rule the world
    Deception is the greatest sin

    The power of peer pressure introduced me to the new world
    The world of perfection, and imagination
    The world where I’m less judged
    The world where I set my own rules
    Where my shyness is all conquered
    The world better than paradise

    Few years later, I was found lied to death
    My body respiratory system couldn’t function on its own
    The neurons of my cerebrum were nearly dead
    I no longer feel pain, but my internal is all dead
    I now visualise life as a useless thing
    Wishing that maybe God can take my soul
    I’m like the used good which serve no purpose on human life
    Just the garbage

    Influence is more addictive than advice
    And more dangerous than cancer
    But we never stop, being influenced badly
    Because the relationship we share might go astray
    And because I want to prove to my amigos that I can also
    Hence a close friend is nothing but the enemy
    Because they study your every move

    Rehabs, churches and hospitals can’t change my life to its normal phase again
    Only if I serve God with all my life, though is late for that
    I just have to admit my new life
    Because it was I who introduced it.

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  2. Mokoana Kgotlelelo

    Drug is my Life

    The power of pressure is hard to avoid
    It seems like everything which you hear, becomes real
    But just the pure fantasy
    No wonder why children from high class families fall for it
    It changes the way we see life, it visualise life in certain dimension
    As if we never dies, and that we will rule the world
    Deception is the greatest sin

    The power of peer pressure introduced me to the new world
    The world of perfection, and imagination
    The world where I’m less judged
    The world where I set my own rules
    Where my shyness is all conquered
    The world better than paradise

    Few years later, I was found lied to death
    My body respiratory system couldn’t function on its own
    The neurons of my cerebrum were nearly dead
    I no longer feel pain, but my internal is all dead
    I now visualise life as a useless thing
    Wishing that maybe God can take my soul
    I’m like the used good which serve no purpose on human life
    Just the garbage

    Influence is more addictive than advice
    And more dangerous than cancer
    But we never stop, being influenced badly
    Because the relationship we share might go astray
    And because I want to prove to my amigos that I can also
    Hence a close friend is nothing but the enemy
    Because they study your every move

    Rehabs, churches and hospitals can’t change my life to its normal phase again
    Only if I serve God with all my life, though is late for that
    I just have to admit my new life
    Because it was I who introduced it.

    Reply
  3. Mokoana Kgotlelelo

    How I wasted my Life

    Being the best means a lot
    You become an icon to most
    You work more so that no one can surpass you
    Then pride gets to stand on your way.

    I was the best among my friends
    I was to pep talk a girl, and leave her on another dimension
    My speech was full of punning, which entitled me to be the mastermind among my peeps
    Unfortunately, I suffered financially.
    I had to try ways of making money
    Then here comes a friend with a deal
    And I tend to like the deal without thinking of repercussions
    Now here I am, dollar boy
    I’m living the life of my dreams

    My name is rich, in-fact everyone is in love with me
    Girls come and go
    Like yeah, this is what always wanted
    Unfortunately my family are on the bottom of my list
    Cause, they aren’t worth my fortune
    Now is my time to shine
    No kin must interfere with my life

    Destiny is the journey, whereby we have to undergo the bitterness, pain, assaults and sacrificial
    It doesn’t just come like that, unless you gain luck
    Always remember the one who were by your side,
    And who groomed and alloyed you to be
    That precious metal
    Life is not about ostentation, but is about being loyal
    To others.
    Pride only last for few years, while humanity and dignity
    Are immortal.

    Now I’m living the life I less expected
    I insisted in the deal I was offered, without having a second thought about it
    I only wanted money, to build my social status
    But now I’m like,’ money is evil”
    Cause it endangers our lives
    Now I live my life in pain, behind bars
    Like I’m giving birth daily
    I’m late to rectify my errors
    I wasted my time for non-worthless things
    I should not put blame on somebody
    I guess this is what I wanted
    I have to live with it
    It’s my destiny

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    • wits

      Just want to make sure you understand that sharing your poems here is not the same as entering the contest. The contest website is:
      artlines2.net

      Good luck!

      Reply
  4. Mokoana Kgotlelelo

    Achievement is like playing in the major league
    Where you have multiple challenges to compete in
    Where sacrificial and prioritising are the elementary keys
    And patience, hard work and dedication are habits.

    There way we tackle our problems should be in the positive manner
    For which when we fail, we can learn a lesson from that mistake
    Having positive attitude can enable us to reach perfection
    Hence, no one is perfect
    But if we can use the word “perfect” in advance manner
    To strive for perfection, then we can achieve the impossible.

    Being on top of the edge doesn’t mean you have attained your goal
    But you still have more storms to by pass
    Which re more challenging than the former ones.

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