More than 80 poets from all over Maine, from Saco to Grand Lake Stream, submitted nearly 200 poems to the second annual Maine Postmark Poetry Contest, held in conjunction with the Belfast Poetry Festival (Oct. 15 and 16.)

The festival committee studied the entries and came up with nine top poems that will be judged by festival judge Arielle Greenburg Bywater, currently a professor of poetry in Chicago at Columbia College and author and editor of several books of poetry, most recently “Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First One Hundred Days.”

The nine winning entries are “Flight” by M. Macy of South Bristol, “Solar Shift” by Betsy Headley of Belfast, “Beaver and Fox” by David Campbell of Cape Elizabeth, “Pangaea” by Charles Brown of Owls Head, “Jetsam” by Luise Van Keuran of Clark Island, “Who Gets to Go” by Martin Steingesser of Portland, “Bohemia” and “Finding Kafka in Café Kaaba” by Jeri Theriault of Portland and “Registry of Memories” by Justine Denny of Portland.

The top three winning poems will be announced in a few weeks. For more information about the Belfast Poetry Festival, visit

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