Excerpt from “Read House Hotel” by Helga Kidder

Our latest anthology is finally here! We’ve included all the winners from our 2021 Spring Writing Contest, as well as the winners of our first Monthly Contest series. Included are several pieces by poet Helga Kidder.

Helga Kidder is a native of Germany’s Black Forest and lives in the Tennessee hills with her husband.  She was awarded an MFA from Vermont College and is co-founder of the Chattanooga Writers Guild, leading their poetry group. Her poems have been published recently in Conestoga Zen, Artemis, Amethyst Review and others. Her poem “Stepping Through the Self” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has participated in workshops in the United States and abroad. Author of five collections of poetry, Wild Plums, Luckier than the Stars, Blackberry Winter, Loving the Dead which won the Blue Light Press Book Award in 2020, and Learning Curve, poems about immigration and assimilation.

Here is an excerpt from her poem, “Read House Hotel,” which won 3rd place in Poetry in our 2021 contest.

“I remember crickets
chirped in the magnolias surrounding
the terrace as I danced in your arms.

Since my death, I have lived
in Room 311.”

To read the full poem, pick up your copy of our anthology at one of our upcoming meetings or check out Amazon.com!

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