- 2018 Fall Contest, Theme – Harvest, 3rd Place Winner
Living Room, Circa 1965
by Colette Jonopulos
Gold drapes laced with nicotine. Mother
says smoking keeps her hands busy. Father
knocks the burning end of his cigarette
into the ashtray I made in school. Clay
animal head and tail, hollowed-out
body filled with spent ashes.
Doorbell rings, all our sins are gathered
and stored in the kitchen. ...
- 2018 Fall Contest, Theme – Harvest, Honorable Mentions and Judge’s Comments
1st Honorable Mention: “The Sugar Cane at Harvest Bears Witness” by Nancy Flynn, Portland, OR
2nd Honorable Mention: “A Little Thanksgiving” by Leah Stenson, Portland, OR
3rd Honorable Mention: “Fruit Preserves in Glass Jars” by Nancy Christopherson, Baker City, OR
Sixty-odd poems. Some I surmise were written specifically for the contest. There ...
- 2018 Fall Contest, Traditional Form – Rondeau, 1st place
In Flanders’ Yard
by Dan Kaufman
In Flanders’ yard, Ned blesses weeds
with Rod and Todd, his Christian seeds,
while neighbor Homer, his boy Bart,
mow moral corners, belch and fart.
“Okily dokily,” Ned concedes.
The Simpsons conflict mostly leads
to bedlam at cartoonish speeds.
Yet here dwells peaceful counterpart
in Flanders’ yard.
Ned’s live-and-let-live neighbor creed