"A Reading from Homer" by Sir Lawrence Alma TademaThe Best Poems of 2019 The Society February 1, 2020 From the Society, Poetry, Poetry Contests 11 Comments The Best Poems of 2019: Winners of 8th Annual International SCP Poetry Competition Thank you to everyone who participated! It was an epic year with an incredible number of exceptional poets contributing their talents. As we’ve said before, everyone who takes part in this competition, which is reviving the precious art of classical poetry, is a winner. Based on the poems, all written in 2019, submitted by living poets employing the finest, classical traditional of English poetry, below are the best poems of the past year and their ranking: First Place ($1,000): Joseph Charles MacKenzie, New Mexico “Rimini” “Song of the Rose” “Villanelle” Second Place: James A. Tweedie, Washington State “Sound of Sunset” “The Oban Piper” “Glen Nevis” Second Place: David Watt, Australia “A Time Beyond” “A View from the Glade” “The Call of the Bush” Second Place: Daniel Galef, New Jersey “Proverbs for Engraving onto Imperial Tombs” “By a Poet of Two-and-Twenty” Third Place: Mark F. Stone, Ohio “Why Pterodactyls Make Great Pets” “Make Christmas A Verb” “How a Bill Can Succeed on The Hill” Third Place: Anna J. Arredondo, Colorado “The Turkey Vulture” Third Place: Randal A. Burd, Jr., Missouri “My Little Man” “Lost” “Forgotten” Third Place: Sally Cook, New York “Mama” “What Is In The Ground” “What We Have Come To” Third Place: Mark Anthony Signorelli, New Jersey “My Daughter Sees a Starling on the Lawn” “My Daughter Smiles in Her Sleep” Fourth Place: Theresa Rodriguez, Pennsylvania “Sebastian” “CCP and Falun Gong Sonnet” “Quasimodo” Fourth Place: Landon Porter, Missouri “Magicians of the Night” “Alter-Reality” “Harvest Sonnet” Fourth Place: Michael Coy, Spain “Et In Arcadia Ego” “Before I Saw Your Face” Fourth Place: David Whippman, England “Autumn Sonnet” “Marked Personal” Fourth Place: David O’Neil, Indiana “The Draughtman’s Dream” “Childhood Conjugation” “Time Enough for Sleep” Fourth Place: Rod Walford, New Zealand “Late for Supper” “Requiem for the U.N.” “Eroticus Gratifica” Fourth Place: Janice Canerdy, Mississippi “Praise for Fall” “Shooting Stars” “Displaced: The Trail of Tears” Honorable Mentions “At Königstein Festung” by Gleb Zavlanov “Ode to Leonidas, King of Sparta” “Morning in England” “Autumnal Orb” by Ian Williams “An English Ode” “Ode on Returning Home” “Ode to a Car Key” by William Glyn-Jones “To Pay the Piper” “A Haiku” by Joe Tessitore “To You, My Wife” “Dance of the Maple Seeds” “Three Things” by Angel L. Villanueva “Sonnet 49: The Cardinal of Hong Kong” by Steven Insalaco “Sonnet for a Homecoming” “I Give Thanks All Day” “Sonnet for the Birds” by Diana Woodcock “Five Rivers to Cross” “Life’s Lonely Appendix” by Dusty Grein “A Truly Perfect Love” “A Post-mortem Farewell” by Lee Goldberg “Ruby’s House” by Martin Rizley “Eternal Rose” by Shari Jo LeKane “The Treble’s Song” by Leo Zoutewelle “Unbridled Change” “A Winter’s Tale” by John Marmaro “Ilacia Smiles” by Lawrence Fray Judges: Joseph S. Salemi, acclaimed New Formalist poet, essayist for Expansive Poetry Online, professor, New York University, Hunter College James Sale, poetry critic, award-winning British poet, Arts columnist, The Epoch Times Evan Mantyk, editor of The Society of Classical Poets Journal and website Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 11 Responses Williams February 1, 2020 Please when is the next competition coming on? Reply The Society February 1, 2020 This competition is on now: https://classicalpoets.org/2020/01/15/friends-of-falun-gong-2020-poetry-competition/ After that, we have mini-competitions, including a Rhyming Riddle Competition. The next general poetry competition will begin September 1, 2020, tentatively. Reply Michael Ann S Pellicone February 1, 2020 How do I enter? And can. I enter my husband’s poems posthumously? The Society February 1, 2020 The next competition is not open until Sept. 1, 2020. The poems have to be written that year, which will be 2020. Unless they were written in the last month, they would not qualify. David Watt February 1, 2020 Congratulations Joe for your well deserved win in this year’s competition! Thank you also to the judges for generously giving their time and expertise. Reply James Sale February 1, 2020 Congratulations to all, especially the winner, JC Mackenzie – there was a large number of fabulous entries and it was difficult to choose, but we now have a cornucopia to examine and comment on – so many interesting technical points!! Delighted by this. Reply James A. Tweedie February 1, 2020 I am pleased and honored to be numbered among such an accomplished company of poets. Congratulations to Mr. MacKenzie for taking the prize and a grateful nod to the judges for contributing their gift of discernment. Reply Mark F. Stone February 1, 2020 Congratulations to Mr. MacKenzie and all of the other winners! And my thanks to Professor Salemi, Mr. Sale and Mr. Mantyk for the sizeable amount time they must have spent in reviewing all of the poems. Reply Joseph Charles MacKenzie February 1, 2020 Dear Readers, I am privileged to be the first New Mexican to receive our nation’s top honor in formal, classical poetry and would like to express my profound gratitude to this year’s judges, Dr. Joseph Salemi and James Sale, for the tremendous distinction they bring to the prize; to America’s foremost champion of formal verse, Evan Mantyk, for establishing so significant a competition; to my fellow lyric poet, Bruce Edward Wren, a dear and faithful friend, and, finally, to my beloved mentor and teacher, Samuel Gilliland, the last bard of Scotland. Above all, I thank the poets and readers of the Society of Classical Poets whose many contributions have given lustre and vibrancy to the most important literary movement of our time. All good wishes! Joseph Charles MacKenzie Reply Angel L Villanueva February 1, 2020 Congratulations, Joseph! A well-deserved first place win. And congratulations also to the rest of the winners. Some truly delightful poetry! Reply Randal A. Burd, Jr. February 1, 2020 Congrats to all! It is an honor to be included! Reply Leave a Reply 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.