reading 1,300 poems

Our Esurance Poems of the Road winners have been announced. Read their poems.

During the month of April — known by word nerds everywhere as National Poetry Month — we held the Esurance Poems of the Road Contest. We expected to get several hundred submissions from die-hards poets and travelers alike. And we expected it to be a whole lot of fun.

What we didn’t expect was the veritable onslaught of vast and varied poems we received over the course of the month. There were sonnets, haikus, free verse poems, prose poems, limericks, and lyrics. There were sad poems, funny poems, beautifully narrative poems, abstract poems, experimental poems, and poems that weren’t really poems at all.

The submissions extolled the many wonders, cruelties, and mysteries of the road and some even lauded the virtues of Esurance (thanks!). All told we received more than 1,300 submissions and were happily impressed by the amount of enthusiasm and spirit that went into each.

Poems of the Road finalists

Narrowing the field to 3 was no easy task, but after much reading, discussing, scoring, debating, and tallying, we have our finalists. And here they are (in no particular order):

“Favorite Roads” by Khristian Kay
“Western Equinox” by Lara Wilber
“The Road Home” by Joe Carvalko

These 3 poems are now with Tom and Ray Magliozzi of NPR’s Car Talk. Click and Clack, as they’re more commonly known, will rank them in order of first, second, and third, and winners will be announced next week. Stay tuned!

Honorable mention

Though his poem didn’t make our final selection, honorable mention goes to Rich Follett for “Rhythm of the Road,” which garnered an impressive 1,825 votes. Many poems received a significant number of votes, but “Rhythm of the Road” led the way and more than earned its unofficial place as People’s Choice winner. (Thanks, Rich!)

We also want to thank everyone who voted for their favorite poems and give a very special shout out to all the poets who shared a poem (you guys rock!). We enjoyed reading so many astonishing poems and traveling down so many different roads.

So thanks again, poets, travelers, wordsmiths, and wanderers. And wherever the road takes you next, remember Baudelaire’s advice to “always be a poet, even in prose.”

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Heidi brings 11 years’ experience to her role as Esurance’s copywriting manager. Writer, editor, and all around wordsy, she was content when content wasn’t cool. Also, she likes old-school country.