Congratulations to Mina King who won 2nd place in the Academy of American Poets National Inauguration Poem Contest. She is one of three students selected by Presidential Inaugural Poet and Academy Education Ambassador Richard Blanco. Mina’s poem will be featured on “Poem a Day” at Poets.org and in American Poets magazine. She will also receive $600.
“In Pursuit of Dawn”
My stepfather created opportunity
from the destitute nothing he was dealt,
consoled only by the American dream
that came as whispers under snow-dappled stars.
And from these muffled mumblings
he bettered his situation.