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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 26, 2001

February Xpressions is dedicated to horses and the people who love them. The poems, stories, artwork and photography capture the essence of the equestrian mystique.

-- NANCY GREEN, Xpressions editor

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Xpressions is our monthly showcase for the art, writing and photography of students through the 12th grade. It appears the last Monday of each month in this space.Please read the following instructions carefully before submitting your work. Here are the upcoming themes and postmark deadlines:

MARCH: High school poetry, art and photography. Poems must be non-rhyming. Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by March 5.

APRIL: Middle school poetry, art and photography. Entries must be postmarked by April 9.

MAY: In this high-tech world we take for granted the vast array of electronic gadgetry. Which one of these inventions could you not live without, and why? Your answer may be in the form of artwork, photography, poetry or prose, but please limit writing to 150 words. Entries must be postmarked by May 7.

Please send your work, theme suggestions (WE REALLY WANT TO HEAR YOUR IDEAS FOR THEME SUBJECTS) and comments to: Xpressions, c/o Nancy Green, St. Petersburg Times, 1000 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602.

All work must follow the designated theme and be your own creation. Artwork must be on white, unlined paper, with the medium stated on the back (oil, pastel, crayon, etc.). Be sure to include your name (printed legibly), age, school, grade, address, ZIP code and phone number, with area code. IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR WORK WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT THIS INFORMATION. Stories must be no longer than 150 words, preferably typewritten. We will return work only if you indicate that you want it back.

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