Theme: I’ve known rivers
I’ve known rivers. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
Langston Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”
In fall 2015, poems appeared on Columbia’s buses, telling the stories of the city.
This year we want poems about rivers—real rivers, imaginary rivers, our rivers—
the Congaree, Broad, and Saluda
riverwalks and river trails
the river keeper, riverside, riverbed
river critters, river’s edge, river’s mouth
river traffic (or rivers of traffic)
currents, crossings, confluence, Congaree Park
bridges and dams, flood and recovery
float trips, flight paths, canoes and tubing
upriver, down the river
I went down to the river to pray…
river of dreams, river of life maybe even cry me a river (but probably not River Phoenix)
Poems should be 10 lines or fewer & should address the theme of rivers.
Submit your poems to
by May 15, 2016, for consideration.