2016 Poetry Competition Winners The Society February 1, 2016 From the Society, High School Submissions, Poetry, Poetry Contests 6 Comments Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who participated. There were many hundreds of submitted poems and many good works and poets who had to be left out. Thank you! ***Winners should email their mailing addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive their prizes. First Prize ($500): Ron L. Hodges, Garden Grove, Orange County, California “One (1979)” “The Last Column” “Angels & Apes” “Ode on a Children’s Cemetery” Part 6. Second Prize (Free Journal): Bruce Dale Wise, Naselle, Pacific County, Washington “Lines Composed on Salmon Creek, May 25, 2015” “The Marriage of Two Souls” “Abuse of Falun Dafa” “Dharma Wheel (Falun)” Third Prize (Free Journal): Daniel Magdalen, Bucharest, Romania “The Stairway” “Toward the Dawn of Truth” “Meditating at Night” Fourth Prize (Free Journal): Dusty Grein, Newburgh, Oregon “The Red Empire” “Ode to a Soldier’s Wife” Essay Prize (Free Journal): James Sale, Bournemouth, England “The Poet as Maker” Honorable Mentions Elizabeth Spencer Spragins, North Carolina “Tiananmen Square” “Sedona” Basil Fillis, South Africa “Counterfeit Martyrdom” “Curse of Gangsterism” “Have Regard for Those Who Sleep” Ann Keith “The Inward Light” “Sonnet on Discernment” “Dawn on the Shore” Hudson Valley Poetry Prize ($100): Reid McGrath, Ulster County, New York “The Organ Harvester”; “Creativity Requires a Cave” “Offensive Defense; Or, Watching a Guy Playing Ping-Pong” Hudson Valley Poetry Prize Honorable Mentions Karen Gersch, Orange County, New York “Night’s Nuclear Poetry” E.P. Fisher, Sullivan County, New York “Hints from the Moon (Monday)” “Touching Bottom” High School Prize (Free Journal): Matthew Walton, 10th grade, Shoreline, Washington “Freedom of Winter Hills” “Laments of the Oppressed” High School Prize Honorable Mentions Jarrett Mohn, 11th grade, Kutztown Area High School in Kutztown, PA “Riverside” “Persecution of the Wiser” Antoinette Foliart, 11th grade, 11 at West Geauga High School which is located in Chesterland, OH “Squinters” “Buddhist Yoga” Featured Image: Ptolemy II Philadelphus is shown conversing with scholars in the library of Alexandria in this 1813 work by the Italian neo-classicist painter Vincenzo Camuccini (1771-1844). NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. 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Form is poetry and without form we simply have solipsism, self-indulgence and the ego posturing, usually in sociological mode. So this is a vital forum and we need to make its work more widely known. Reply Reid McGrath February 1, 2016 Yes, congratulations everybody. I have just reread Hodges’ and Magdalen’s poems and I must have been sleeping when they were published. Much deserved First and Third Place showings! I also agree with James about our Editor: Someone should write Evan a eulogy. Reply james sale February 1, 2016 Impromptu: There was a young editor called Mantyk, By general consent thought fantastic: Most poetry was farcical; He turned it classical, An achievement not one bit pedantic. Ron L. Hodges February 1, 2016 Perhaps an ode rather than a eulogy is in order! 😉 James, I completely agree with your view on poetry and your praise for Evan. And I am honored to be selected for first place from among the many superlative poets who have written such skillful, meaningful poems throughout the year. Reply Suchitra Das February 2, 2016 Congratulations to all the winners! I’m very glad to have found this forum. Thank you Mr. Mantyk. Reply Basil Fillis February 2, 2016 Thanks so much for a mentionable honorable mention. Congratulations to the winners! South Africa will get there, mark my words! Reply Leave a Reply to Suchitra Das Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.