Poet’s Spotlight Excerpts

  • 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

    Honorable mentions:
    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

    Judge’s comments
    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
    blooms ...

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