Poetry Month Celebration, Thursday, April 29 - Adult winners

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is pleased to present its third annual Poetry Month Celebration on Thursday, April 29 at 7 pm at the Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park Towne Centre. 
Winners of the annual poetry contest in adult and student categories, juried by poets Belle Randall and Janee J. Baugher, will read their poems. 
Published poets Jared Leising and Kelli Russell Agodon will then read and discuss their work. Poet Aerene Storms will be the MC. This event is sponsored in part by Friends of Third Place Commons and Humanities Washington.

Winners of the Adult Division:

(Juror Belle Randall’s comments included)

First Place: Joanne Peterson - E-Z Livin' Mobile Home Park: Thank you Jesus
“I admire this poem for the unabashed seriousness of its content; for the way it evokes an American landscape which we all recognize from experience, although we haven't necessarily seen it before in poetry; and for its images, which are accurate and--and the same time-- evocative of a mood and emotions.”

Second Place: M.C. Miller - Crazy Quilt
“A gem of under statement, this poem pays homage to craft, in its three line stanza structure and repetition of sounds ("in floss...stitch off"), as well as its explicit statement. That the images should vividly convey one distinctive kind of quilt seemed to me an accomplishment.”

Third Place: Joanne Peterson - After Ramona

“A tour de force in the tradition of Slam poetry, this dramatic monologue lets everything ride on the authenticity of the poet's voice. We all recognize the speaker's plight, although the circumstances are entirely his own. Thanks to details like the "Honey Nut Cheerios," it all rings true.”

Honorable Mentions:

First: Michael Schein - Not Saying the F-Word
“By refusing all words beginning with "F", the speaker reduces to absurdity the supposedly liberal book store's call for conventional civility. The poem reveals a tension that does, in fact, exist, in poetry as in society, between indirect ("tell the truth, but tell it slant") and literal language.”

Second: M.C. Miller - Chief Sealth's Gravesite
“This poem says something unexpected in a memorable image ("their grassy pate rippling”) The statement is throughout and original. The speaker does not find it necessary to strike a pose, as so many poets do, but is effortlessly at home in his or her own voice.”

Third: Peggy Barnett - On Your Left
“Like the other dramatic monologues among the winning submissions, this poem is striking for its vitality and immediacy.”

About the Juror:

BELLE RANDALL is the former recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (2005-7). She has been a panelist for the NEA. Her most recent book is The Coast Starlight, forthcoming from David Robert Books later this year (2010). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals including The Threepenny Review, Poetry, TriQuarterly, and PN Review (England), as well as such anthologies as Contemporary Religious Poetry and A Gift of Tongues. A former Wallace Stegner Fellowship winner and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, she taught for twenty years in the University of Washington Writer's Certificate Program and at Cornish College of the Arts.


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