Another of the poems, written by this pedometer geek, was the poem, “Sanctuary.” It, too, was chosen to be in the first anthology, 44839: Poetry From a Zip Code, which was published by Drinian Press, LLC in conjunction with the Huron Public Library and the city’s Poet Laureate program. It is as follows:
White steeple church
even to nesting birds.
Yet, not for all.
A predator lurks, stalking, killing
gulls mostly, leaving behind
a bird foot, or bloodied feathers, and
once, two wings connected
by a bit of sinew.
Somehow, appropriate looking like
~Nancy Brady, 2017
Each year since the poetry contest began, the contest and its anthology has only grown. More poets are submitting, and the number of the poems has increased. Some poets have submitted poems every year, while others have only submitted once or twice. Each year, though, new poets emerge from the grassroots. The irony of it all is that the original proposal was to be a one-off, but because of the success of the contest, the readings, and the anthology, poetry is flourishing in the city of 8,000 people.