We are so pleased to announce the winners of our 2nd annual contest:
1st place winner: Jan Wood, “Annual Contention”
2nd place winner: Wendy Jean MacLean, “Boxes for Bluebirds”
3rd place winner: Jan Wood, “lessons in trilobites”
Honourable Mentions: Meg Freer, “The Significance of Snowdrops” and Ruth E. Walker, “Water Dreams”
Congratulations to all the winners, and a huge thank you to all those poets who submitted their work and shared their amazing poetry with us!
Our contest judge, David Stones, had this to say about the winning poem, “Annual Contention”:
In “Annual Contention” the poet presents a clear and comprehensible premise, buoyed by lively and imaginative depictions that bubble it along like a fine spring stream freed from the icy claws of winter. Prudent word choice and Wordsworthian genre images capture acutely the pulse and rhythm of spring awakening: “swaying willow skirts”; “hillsides in lush lime coats/wear dandelion boutonnières”; “a steam of trapped sap/pulsing in the veins of birch.” The juxtaposition of this natural turning with the “utterly insignificant greens/of carrots and beans” planted “deliberately,” is further reinforced with the use of a clever, subliminal rhyme scheme employing strategically positioned leonine (within the line) rhymes and rhyming couplets that lend a pleasant cadence throughout: “wear dandelion boutonnières/and home-sown greenery appears/in back yard plots/and pots on decks/nothing reflects the difference….” All told, a tight and accomplished piece of poetry: communicates well, entertains, sends a message and burns a few images into the brain.
Thanks to our judge, David Stones!