Read the finalists’ poems in our 2023 poetry contest

We challenged our readers to turn one of our newsletters into a poem — here’s what you came up with.

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Drumroll, please.

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This April, we ran a poetry contest to celebrate National Poetry Month. We challenged you, our readers, to craft a poem using only the words that appeared in one of our newsletters (here are the original contest guidelines if you want to give it a try).

Turns out, you’re all poets and we didn’t even know it. We were beyond thrilled to read the original, creative, and awe-inspiring poems San Antonians created from our newsletter copy. Check out the finalists’ poems below, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite.

“San Anto Picante” by Lane C.

Pink enchiladas drown
in spicy jalapeño spaceships
landing like moscas on my
abuela’s chancla…
Like swings swaying in the
noche of a full moon’s abrazo,
A llorona sits with gusto calling,
Poetic flames exhausted from
my pen’s muffler stain this page
like tire marks from my llantas,
Rubber paint absorbed in the calle’s
I sing a loco Mariachi song,
My nerves like pelitos on
my bald cabeza’s comb over
cover the Alamo downtown.

“A Ruff Life” by Carlos C.

Fozzilized enchilada,
Dinosaur jam,
Yellowish sushi,
and Nigiri options,
Temaki rolls,
Cinnaholic bar,
Pawsitively delightful!
Drink geeks,
Confluence twilight,
Nomadik yoga,
Footloose mariachi,
Saturday nite
Pup meetups-
It’s a ruff life.
Stimulate April In SATX!

“A Hypothesis on Modern Conformity Based Soley on Observation” by Jonathan C.

Limitation on artistic originality,
Submit to creative erasure,
“To make the process easier on yourself,”
“Do not appear original or with style,”

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