Friday, July 24, 2020

July 2020 Winning Poem

Gouri Ganapathy and her daughter Preeth

As usual when the challenge is to use a form, there were fewer submissions than usual, but there were a number of very interesting poems. I was disappointed that no one submitted a lipogram.

The winning name acrostic is, as the judge, Lucy Tyrrell, says, “a heart-felt tribute to the poet's mother using descriptive lyrical language.”

Preeth Ganapathy retains rights to her poem.


Two poems were awarded Honorable Mentions: “A Father to His Children,” a poem about Martin Luther King, Jr., by John C. Mannone, and  a poem about Huron H. Smith who served as Curator of Botany at the Milwaukee Public Museum from 1917 to 1933, by Peggy Turnbull. Special Commendation is awarded to KT Lowe, for her poem, “The seer plays the Newport Folk Festival,” in which she creatively brought together the legendary Greek oracle, Tiresias, and the singers at the Newport Folk Festival in the 1960s. Congratulations to these excellent poets.




Preeth Ganapathy is a software engineer turned civil servant. She lives in Bangalore, India. Writing has been her passion since childhood. Her works have been published or are upcoming in numerous online magazines including The Ekphrastic Review, Snakeskin Poetry Webzine, Buddhist Poetry Review (Upcoming), Silver Birch Press, Nymphs Magazine, Red Wolf Journal, 101 Words (Upcoming) and Friday Flash Fiction among others. 

Lucy Tyrrell's poems are inspired by nature and wild landscapes, outdoor pursuits, family stories, and travel. In 2016, after 16 years in Alaska, she traded a big mountain (Denali) for a big lake (Lake Superior). Lucy lives near Bayfield, Wisconsin, and is Bayfield's poet laureate for 2020 - 2021. Her favorite verbs to live by are experience and create.



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