Month: May 2020

2020 Spring Contest Winners: Poet’s Choice: Honorable Mentions

Judged by Lynn Otto 1st Honorable Mention: “Missing” by Suzanne Sigafoos, Portland, OR 2nd Honorable Mention: “Women’s Day at Sauna” by Michelle Williams, Portland, OR 3rd Honorable Mention: “Facing Backward on the Train” by Dan Kaufman, Central Point, OR Thank you to all who submitted poems. Reading them while practicing social distancing to prevent the …

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2020 Spring Contest Winners: Members Only: 1st Place Winner

Cradling Dad Cathy Cain I hooked up to the galaxy of the centrifuge my milky platelets swirling like stars like swifts into the chimney of night I held the dream of him the rhythm of his breath how he loved the Milky Way how he needed the stars     then the swift dark wind those stars …

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2020 Spring Contest Winners: Members Only: 2nd Place Winner

Framing Don Kunz        You build a world from fragments: A row of decaying Brownstones, An empty street in the morning rain, A mud-spattered, much-battered tailgate. You can’t zoom out enough to frame: That half-acre Banyan tree in Lahaina, That treaty site at Medicine Lodge Creek, That macaque colony reclining on Gibraltar. You focus on …

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2020 Spring Contest Winners: Members Only: 3rd Place Winner

Dawn Donuts Dan Kaufman I didn’t figure my universe then as donut shaped, a single surface torus, iced. Predawn, I’d slip the grip of her Berkeley bed for Petaluma in my postal blues, two donuts waxy-sacked beside me as I drove the arc of an exitless bridge, my fingers licked innocent, obeying what I couldn’t …

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2020 Spring Contest Winners: New Poets: 1st Place Winner

An old baby stroller, Heaped to the sky. Bags bulged with bottles and cans, Enough to get by….                                                                                     For a few days, anyway                                                                                     she softly sang:                                                                                     “Go round Mary.  Mary, go round.” –download the PDF to read the rest of the poem Poet’s Bio Evelyn Gardner is a painter. When she arrived …

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2020 Spring Contest Winners: New Poets: 2nd Place Winner

Rain Jim Johnson Virginia Woolf’s sentences slide past one another like waltzing couples rising and falling in a tempo of waves naturally rolling onto the beach often visited with husband and others of her acquaintance. Now at home writing in her room she looks out on a Bloomsbury rainy evening where walkers stroll with umbrellas. …

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2020 Spring Contest Winner: New Poets: 3rd Place Winner

Dog bodhisattvas  Mary Ann Petersen I’ve seen them wearing coats, wearing sweaters, riding in bike baskets, and shopping carts. Tied up outside stores, on concrete, waiting for their beloved. Dog bodhisattvas are not bogged down in dogma. They are not downward dogs.  Dog bodhisattvas are often harnessed for duty and wearing a badge or a …

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2020 Spring Contest Winners: New Poets: Honorable Mentions

Judged by Penelope Scambly Schott 1st Honorable Mention: “She Smiles” by Christian Shute 2nd Honorable Mention: “It’s Mostly Complaining” by Philip Wilson 3rd Honorable Mention: “Seven Encounters with Rainbow” by Tuula Rebhahn Judge’s Comments When I read a poem I am hoping to see something that interests me and makes me feel some intensity about it.  I want a …

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2020 Spring Contest Winners: Under 30: 1st Place Winner

Tuesdays But Also Sometimes Never by Brady Pearson I didn’t come to bed last night Someone needed to water The faux potted pothos you keep on your windowsill It was dying after all So I stayed up tending it A restless farmer, wearing a feather duster Tilling at windmills Poet’s Bio Brady Pearson is a …

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