||Poets in the Pond:
|Thomas Robert Barnes
Donelle N. Dreese
Maria Shockley Erman
Brian C. Felder
David JordanKathy Kieth
John P. Kristofco
David Michael Nixon
Sue Anne Siegrist
Catherine Cady interviews Judith Sornberger
Linda Sue Park and others
Loella Cady Lamphier
Poetry Contest winners: $250 - 1st Place
"My First Father's Day Without a Father,"
by Vivian Shipley, North Haven, CT $100 - 2nd Place
by Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, N.Y. $50 - 3rd Place
"Driving Miss Joanne,"
by Mary Langer Thompson, Canoga Park, CA
- Honorable Mentions:
- "Lilacs on the Table," by Barbara Koch, Pittsburgh, PA
- "A Temporary Excuse," by Chelsea Keefer, Bowling Green, OH
- "At the Gallery," by Chelsea Keefer, Bowling Green, OH
- "Neither of Us Looks Forty," by Julie Damerell, Rochester, N.Y.
- "Dear Adrienne Rich," by Ryan Van Cleave, Green Bay, WI
- "Dear Rita Dove," by Ryan Van Cleave, Green Bay, WI
- "Cell Phones and Song Cells," by Mary Langer Thompson, Canoga Park, CA
- "A Tribute to Big Bob," by Mary Langer Thompson, Canoga Park, CA
- "Her Hands at Twilight," by Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY
- "Coma: Bachus Hospital," by Vivian Shipley, North Haven, CT
There were many fine poems among this year's contestants, and all are to be congratulated for their efforts. "My First Father's Day Without a Father," received top honors for its strong rhythms, its attention to detail, and its many images and associations.
"A Life," was remarkable for the beauty of its music: in this regard, it had no peer among the contending poems. A true lyric, the poem speaks in an intensely personal language, while using imagery to keep the reader grounded.
"Driving Miss Joanne," the third place poem, possessed an achieved combination of innocence and experience. The childhood memories, which carry the feeling of the narrator's warmth towards her subject, are undercut in the final stanzas by a grown-up's questioning, culminating powerfully in the double meaning of the last line.
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