August 18, 2010

Poetry Book Entries & Winners!

Filed under: Awareness,Creative Expression,Inspiration — Tags: , , — Lee Ann @ 1:48 pm
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The “No-Sugar Added Poetry” book contest is complete! In order to be entered, a piece of original art had to be submitted. Every time I received a submission, it made me so happy, and to see them collectively makes me that much happier. I wish I had enough books to give to everyone who entered, but I truly hope that everyone, regardless of whether or not they won, enjoyed making their art. I also hope that everyone continues to find opportunities to be creative, whether it’s making art or some other avenue for being creative. At the very least, I hope each entrant will be participating in Diabetes Art Day, which is two weeks from today!

I had this wonderful plan to make a vlog out of me drawing the names, but I didn’t quite get my act together, and I didn’t really want to wait yet another day to post, so no vlog. If I had vlogged, what you would have seen was me mixing up index cards on which I’d written the names of each entrant, and then drawing two cards from my little pile of upside-down names. The artwork of those not chosen is what follows. All I have for a consolation prize for those whose names weren’t chosen is my gratitude for playing along. It’s not much, but please know it’s heartfelt.

'Tipping the bigD Tightrope' by Heather Leide

'Tipping the bigD Tightrope' by Heather Leide

'Powerlessness' by Elizabeth Arnold

'Powerlessness' by Elizabeth Arnold

'Oscar the Grouch' by Lauren Colao

'Oscar the Grouch' by Lauren Colao

'Real Numbers' by Mike Durbin

'Real Numbers' by Mike Durbin





And the winning entries are…

'Parenting on the Glycemic Tightrope' by Sherry Roberts

'Parenting on the Glycemic Tightrope' by Sherry Roberts

'dIABETES' by Virtue

'dIABETES' by Virtue

Congratulations to Virtue from Naturally Born Cyborg, and Sherry from Jenna’s Pet Monkey (email me your snail mail addies so I can send the books!), and a big thanks to Heather from Beyond Your Peripheral Vision, Elizabeth Arnold from Pieces of My Life, Lauren Colao (a Temple University grad like me!), and Mike Durbin from My Diabetic Heart, who all took the time and invested their hearts into making a piece of art for this. I love each and every one of these, how each one says something personal about life with diabetes, how they each evoke different feelings, and how each one is so different despite common themes.

Lastly, one person submitted a written piece, but since I specified visual art, I felt obligated to stick to the rules I made, as tempted as I was to include her name in the drawing. Thanks to Alyssa Rosenzweig for sharing her writing. Although I had said that to qualify for the drawing the entries had to be visual art, Alyssa’s submission serves as a reminder that art comes in many different forms.

I’m in a fight. Every second, I’m at the frontline. Many lives have already been taken and there will only be more. Young, old, and everything in between, all left in a terminal limbo to fight. We are innocent, unwillingly drafted to fight for a victory today that only earns us another tomorrow to fight. We try to understand the rules, they are complicated and their consequences overwhelming. The language is nearly unintelligible and we have no words to explain the little we comprehend. They say the strong will survive, but they cannot fight with us and we are too few. We are frustrated, tired, scared, alone.

The enemy, I study its every temperamental move, vigilantly monitor its progress. It is unpredictable, it does not rest. It attacks in moments quiet and loud, joyous and sorrowful. It is bold, striking when I stare it in the face and when I look away. Its resistance, indifference, and insensitivity humble me. It feeds on weaknesses, showing no mercy, no forgiveness.

I have become numb to it, surviving only on instinct. I try to be normal, to forget, but it refuses to be ignored. I do what it demands without knowing why. I reject its restrictions so that despite it, someone inside of me I do not know can live. I hide behind a callused armor of independence, confidence, and control. I give it my best, I seek peace. I offer my love, my tears, my blood, but it wants more. It wants my life. But while I live the fight has no end, for the enemy lives inside me.

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6 Responses to “Poetry Book Entries & Winners!”

  1. Mike Durbin says:

    Hey Lee Ann, I think you may have been referring to my entry not being posted here. Perhaps I should have been a little more clear in my email. Feel free to add it if you’d like.

    And congrats to the winners. Nicely done!

  2. VirtueB says:

    woohoo! thanks Lee Ann :)

    all of the entries are superific! <3

    V.

  3. Lauren Colao says:

    Hey! Thanks for posting my art…Even though I didn’t win (oh well!) it was really fun to make something for this little contest. Everything fun that can come out of diabetes is a plus ;) !!!!

  4. Sherry says:

    Yay!!! Thanks for hosting such a fun activity, Lee Ann. I so enjoyed taking part and the icing on the cake is seeing everyone’s interpretation of the theme. You are all awesome as are your creations!

  5. Andreina says:

    This are great! Thank you doing this Lee Ann! Congrats everybody! Keep up the creative juices!!!

  6. So I’m reading this on Diabetes Art Day, and while I know THIS contest was not a part of that exercise, I am so moved and impressed by all of the submissions for this.

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