Poems on the Comet 2016! CALL to ARTISTS


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.