Established in 1923
The Poetry Society of Virginia
CELEBRATING THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF VIRGINIA POETRY
In 1923, a group of poets met in at the College of William and Mary and founded an organization they named The Poetry Society of Virginia. Since then, the PSOV has worked to advance the cause and appreciation of poetry throughout Virginia. The Society stages annual contests, holds local and regional events, publishes an anthology of prize-winning poems, and is instrumental in assisting the Governor of Virginia with the selection of Poet Laureate.
Virginia's Poet Laureate, Luisa A. Igloria
POEM WITH STATUES FALLING
by Luisa A. Igloria
A thousand bodies lining the bridges.
A thousand bodies walking with purpose
everywhere, into the heart of their burning
city. It's summer and we are taking
heads, toppling monuments of despots
and slave-holders off their plinths,
tipping them into the river where they
make a big plonk before disappearing
into the oily depths of the river.
Now we are our own living,
breathing monuments: in the midst
of the rallying crowds, a man
and woman still in wedding
clothes, kissing; gleaming boy
in graduation toga; girl
standing regal in a dress, facing
a line of police officers, hair
whipping back more than the wind.
Published with the permission of the author
Collected Poems from the Poetry Society of Virginia: Poetry Virginia 2021
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 PSV Annual Poetry Contest! We are thrilled to present our yearly book of winners, including upper school students.
So, why publish a book of winning entries? Publishing not only validates poets, it gives others a sense of what wins. Having said that, we rarely use the same judges for the same categories. The standard is simple: whether the poem is strong, not whether it is to the judge’s taste.
The book is also entertaining, elucidating and useful as a work of its own.
Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry by John Murillo
See the results of our most recent contests.
Learn more about this annual event.
We are pleased to present the 2020 issue of our journal, Poetry Virginia, which collects each year's winning entries into a yearly volume.