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Poetry contest makes art of coronavirus unease

Safety Harbor Public Library has a way to let your fears and frustrations about COVID-19 out.

April is National Poetry Month and the Safety Harbor Public Library is holding a poetry contest, but it’s not your ordinary poetry contest. Think of it as a mental health exercise. All poems must reflect your fears, frustrations and concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are going through an unusual period of time, and we’re running through the gauntlet of emotions," a news release said. "Whether it’s frustration at not finding what you need in the stores, wondering how your place of business will survive, or worried about your loved ones. Let us know how you are doing. Express how you are faring through poetry.”

Related: How to protect your mental health during this crisis

Poets of all ages are encouraged to submit original one-line poems.

Judges include Safety Harbor poet laureate Steve Kistulentz, former Safety Harbor poet laureate Barbara Finkelstein, author and poet Laura Kepner and writer Darla Chesnet.

Winners will be chosen from categories of adult (19 and older), teen (13-18), tween (9-12) and youth (8 and younger).

All submission must be made online at https://tinyurl.com/uw3vtxy. The contest ends April 18.

For more information, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.

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