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A local poet has been recognized nationally for his work, according to a statement from Kathy Cotton of the Illinois State Poetry Society.

David Bond of Carbondale recently received five awards, including the top $1,000 prize, in national poetry competitions sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Awards were announced in June at the federation's convention in Chaska, Minnesota.

In addition to taking first place in the Founders Award, the highest prize of 50 annual contests, Bond also received 
first place in the Poetry Society of Michigan Award, third in the Illinois State Poetry Society Award, and honorable mentions in the The Brown-Eyed Girl Poetry Contest and Georgia Poetry Society Award.

Bond, a senior library specialist at Southern Illinois University, is the author of three poetry collections, "Colors," "American Chicken," and "The Light That Shatters Darkness: Poems From the Spartan Mine." He is a member of the Illinois State Poetry Society Southern Chapter, Carbondale.

— The Southern

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