FARMINGTON — Literacy Volunteers of Franklin and Somerset Counties has named the winners of its 14th annual poetry contest, funded in part by Western Mountain Financial Services and the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. The judge was Laine Kuehn. Contest categories are as follows.

Youth, Age 11 and under First Place: Logan Hartman, Cat, Farmington; Second Place: Daygon Purington, My Heart, Farmington; Third Place: Quinn Allen, The Small Frog, Farmington.


By Logan Hartman

Oh, cat

Are you grinning?


Curled in the window seat

As sun warms you this December


Adults First Place: Nancy Merrow, Privy Lockdown, Wilton; Second Place: Nancy Lockwood, On The Death of An Old Friend, Industry; Third Place: Peg Ellis, Good Grief,

Privy Lockdown

By Nancy Merrow


The window still was there, and down below

The splintered planks created rows of light,

Enough to see the lumps and mounds and know

The shit was from his family. Despite

The fact that some were dead, the brown remains

Ignited thought and wonder. Percy; Pete;


Mable; May; Elvina; names his brain’s

Cortex network generated, replete

With stories spanning centuries. The link

To privy holes and rotting excrement

Amused and pleased the child until the stink

Became a permeating punishment.


Privy lockdown for a few foul words-

At least he’d met the ghost of Grammie’s turds.

Temple Students of Literacy Volunteers First Place: Anna Crockett, Sayings and Looks, Jay; Second Place: Matilda Holt, My New Barn, Farmington; Third Place: Lacey Ann Elder, My Lost Things, Strong,

Saying and Looks

By Anna Crockett

Saying And Looks. Brown eyes are looking at me.


Nana, can I go on an airplane. Where would you like to go To Maine to see

you again. Your eyes act like words to me. Yes, Go play with your cars.

Vroom Vroom I hear from the floor. Standing up and looking at that

little face. Nana, you are my best friend. I love you.

Those looks and sayings came from little ones.

The collection of winning poems will be published at and in a poetry anthology. Contest prizes are gift certificates from stores in Farmington: First place, $25 at Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers, second place, $15 at Twice Sold Tales bookstore, and third place, $10 at Java Joe’s.

Visit or call 207-500-3131 for more information.

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