2015 Annual Poetry Contest Winners

POETRY SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA

2015 Annual Adult Contest
Awards Program
April 18, 2015

1. EDGAR ALLAN POE MEMORIAL, Katha Pollitt, Judge. (Sponsored by Poetry Virginia.) Any form. Any subject. 48 line limit. Award: $100 (82 entries)

First Prize: “The Raptor” by Evelyn Ritchie Tower, San Jose, CA.
1st HM: “Old Florida” by Janice Hornburg, Johnson City, TN.
2nd HM: “One Compelling Sentence” by Judy Whitehill Witt, Glen Allen, VA.
3rd HM: “Dust Therapy” by Kim Drew Wright, North Chesterfield, VA.

2. SARAH LOCKWOOD MEMORIAL, Sophia Starnes, Judge. Any subject. Sonnet in rhyme and meter. Award: $100, $75, $50 (40 entries)

First Prize:: “Burned out” by Lee Pelham Cotton, Locust Hill, VA.
Second Prize: “Letting Go at the Rail Crossing” by Linda Leazer Kennedy, Mechanicsville, VA.
Third Prize: “To a Gourmet” by Eric Forsbergh, Reston, VA.
1st HM: “Girl Crossing Street” by Mary Kipps, Sterling, VA.

3. BESS GRESHAM MEMORIAL, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Judge. Any form. Subject: friends and friendship. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (50 entries)

First Prize:: “Forever Friends” by Terry Cox-Joseph, Newport News, VA.
Second Prize: “Graduation” by Kim Drew Wright, North Chesterfield, VA.
Third Prize: “Navy Coffee” by Eric Forsbergh, Reston, VA.
1st HM: “Wood stove cooking” by Joan Mazza, Mineral, VA.
2nd HM: “Sprinklers” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX.
3rd HM: “Letters With Barbara” by Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY.

4. CARLETON DREWRY MEMORIAL, Henry Hart, Judge. Any form. Subject: farm life or working the earth. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (42 entries)

First Prize:“Barnyard Bard” by Anne Whitelaw, Hume, VA.
Second Prize: “Women on the Farm” by Joan Mazza, Mineral, VA.
Third Prize: “Sally in July” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.
1st HM: “The Farmer” by Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA.
2nd HM: “The Hayloft” by Linda Leazer Kennedy, Mechanicsville, VA.
3rd HM: “In the Garden” by Basira Harpster, Shipman, VA.

5. BRODIE HERNDON MEMORIAL, George Bilgere, Judge. Any form. Subject: heroism. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (42 entries)

First Prize: “Marie” by Ruth Hill, Chetwynd, BC, Canada.
Second Prize: “Hilda–The Fire Within” by Esther Whitman Johnson, Roanoke, VA.
Third Prize: “The Week Sgt Joe Kaufman Died” by E. Gail Chandler, Shelbyville, KY.
1st HM: “For the Placeholders” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.
2nd HM: “A conversation with Andromeda at the assisted living facility” by Kim Drew Wright,
3rd HM: “The Dream of John Wayne’s Death” by Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA.

6. NANCY BYRD TURNER MEMORIAL, Kelly Cherry, Judge. Sonnet or other traditional form.State the form. Any subject. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (44 entries)

First Prize:: “The Flowermen” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.
Second Prize: “Dublin” by Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA.
Third Prize: “Folk Remedy” by Allan M. Weber, Hampton, VA.
1st HM: “The Wayfarer” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX.
2nd HM: “Sailor Take Warning” by J. P. Coughter, Charlottesville, VA.
3rd HM: “My Childhood Home: A Pantoum” by Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA.

7. JUDAH, SARAH, GRACE, AND TOM MEMORIAL, Ruth Foley, Judge. Any form. Subject: Encouraging reflection on inter-ethnic relations. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (38 entries)

First Prize: “I Was Eight and Knew They Meant Me” by E. Gail Chandler, Shelbyville, KY.
Second Prize: “Dragon” by Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA.
Third Prize: “Sea Door” by Stan Galloway, Bridgewater, VA.
1st HM: “Casting the First Stone” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.
2nd HM: “Street Music” by Bill Glose, Yorktown, VA.
3rd HM: “Chemical Ali” by Diana Woodcock, Midlothian, VA.

8. CENIE H. MOON PRIZE, Shonda Buchanan, Judge. Any form. Subject: a woman or women. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (90 entries)

First Prize: “In the Space of Time” by Irene Wellman, Afton, VA.
Second Prize: “Voices From the Middle Passage” by Anne Flythe, Spotsylvania, VA.
Third Prize: “Taking the Heat” by Amelia L. Williams, Afton, VA.
1st HM: “More Than One Can Imagine” by Ann Falcone Shalaski, Newport News, VA.
2nd HM: “Shared vision” by Chance Liscomb, Washington, VA.
3rd HM: “Metamorphosis” by Ruth A. King, Catharpin, VA.

9. HANDY ANDY PRIZE, Marjory Wentworth, Judge. Limerick. Awards: $25, $15, $10

First Prize: “Word Watchers” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
Second Prize: “The Voice” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.
Third Prize: “A Hearty Appetite” by Laura J. Bobrow, Leesburg, VA.
1st HM: “Wedding Night Lament” by Sharon Dorsey, Williamsburg, VA.
2nd HM: “Office Hours” by Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY.
3rd HM: “The skunk” by Lee Pelham Cotton, Locust Hill, VA.

10. ADA SANDERSON MEMORIAL, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Judge. Any form. Subject: nature. 48 line limit. Award: $100 (92 entries)

First Prize: “Forest Hill Park, Easter Sunday” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.
1st HM: “Horned Owl” by Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA.
2nd HM: “Still, He Prefers to Call Them ‘Shooting Stars’” by Lee Pelham Cotton, Locust Hill, VA.
3rd HM: “Waning” by Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY.

11. CHARLOTTE WISE MEMORIAL, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Judge. Any form. Subject: Ekphrastic poem. 64 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (56 entries)

First Prize: “Gustave Caillebotte, Raboteurs de parquet” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.
Second Prize: “Bled White (The Centurion’s Sepulchre)” by Lee Pelham Cotton, Locust Hill, VA.
Third Prize: “Late Summer, Rapidan” by Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA.
1st HM: “Puzzling in Pompei” by Esther Whitman Johnson, Roanoke, VA.
2nd HM: “Everyday Dada” by Ellen F. Brown, Richmond, VA.
3rd HM: “My Work of Art” by Beverly Subudhi, Richmond, VA.

12. THE ROBERT S. SERGEANT MEMORIAL, Sebastian Agudelo, Judge. Any form.Subject: Birds. 48 line limit. Award: $50 (58 entries)

First Prize: “Crow” by Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA.
1st HM: “Horace Stowe: Redwing, 1888” by Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY.
2nd HM: “Two birds” by Richard L. Rose, Richmond, VA.
3rd HM: “Of Ways the Herons Go” by Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA.

13. ALFRED C. GARY MEMORIAL, Patricia Fargnoli, Judge. (Sponsored by Claudia Gary.) Iambic pentameter. Subject: Historic event that occurred between 1925 and 1992. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (16 entries)

First Prize: “South Boston Man” by Richard L. Rose, Richmond, VA.
Second Prize: “The Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, on January 27th, 1945” by Michael Mc Namara,
Third Prize: “Requiem on the Death of Winston Churchill, Jan. 25, 1965” by M. Lee Alexander,
1st HM: “The Assassination of Hendrik Verwoerd, the Architect of Apartheid, by Dimitri Tsafendas, A Mentally Unbalanced Parliamentary Messenger, September 6, 1966” by Derek Kannemeyer,
2nd HM: “Grappling With the Great Depression” by Esther Whitman Johnson, Roanoke, VA.

14. MIRIAM RACHIMI MEMORIAL, Thomas Lux, Judge. (Sponsored by Ben and Michal Mahgerefteh.) Any form. Subject: the spiritual impact of losing (or almost losing) a loved one. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (71 entries)

First Prize: “Not Out of the Woods” by Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA.
Second Prize: “The Orchid” by Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA.
Third Prize: “How Big” by Florence Martin, Poquoson, VA.
1st HM: “After the Funeral” by Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA.
2nd HM: “Rain Delays The World Series” by Blaise Allen, Deerfield Beach, FL.
3rd HM: “My Father On His 91st Birthday” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.

15. JOE PENDLETON CAMPBELL MEMORIAL, Dorianne Laux, Judge. (Sponsored by Paula Savoy.) Narrative poem. Any form. Any subject. 64 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20

First Prize: “Delphinium Blue” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
Second Prize: “A Year After the Transplant” by Jacqueline Jules, Arlington, VA.
Third Prize: “Better Than the Lottery” by E. Gail Chandler, Shelbyville, KY.
1st HM: “Dugong” by Diana Woodcock, Midlothian, VA.
2nd HM: “Mood Indigo” by Allen M. Weber, Hampton, VA.
3rd HM: “Returning to a Hotel in Istanbul” by Sally Zakariya, Arlington, VA.

16. SESTINA/VILLANELLE AWARD, Lisa Russ Spaar, Judge. (Sponsored by Susan and Joe Metz.) Traditional sestina or villanelle. Any subject. Awards: $75, $50, $25 (33 entries)

First Prize: “Digging North” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
Second Prize: “Around the Block” by Claudia Gary, Lovettsville, VA.
Third Prize: “Sestina: The Role of Gold Foil on the way to Seven Eleven” by Chapman Hood Frazier,
1st HM: “Just one more waltz with you” by Allen M. Weber, Hampton, VA.
2nd HM: “Book of Days: A Villanelle” by Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA.
3rd HM: “Revenge” by Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA.

17. COME OUT SWINGING PRIZE, John L. Stanizzi, Judge. (Sponsored by H. Fairfax Conquest.) Lyrics for a song. Any subject. Any rhythm. No musical score. 50 line limit. Awards: $100, $75, $25 (40 entries)

First Prize: “Lindsey” by Nick Sweet, Shepherd, TX.
Second Prize: “One Cowgirl” by Aspen Black, Rocky Mount, VA.
Third Prize: “The Gypsy Blacksmith’s Song” by Lee Pelham Cotton, Locust Hill, VA.
1st HM: “My True Love’s Eyes” by Diane “Dee” Bowlin, Roanoke, VA.
2nd HM: “My Lass in County Kerry” by Stan Galloway, Bridgewater, VA.
3rd HM: “On This Side” by Tammy Tillotson, Chase City, VA.

18. RAYMOND LEVI HAISLIP MEMORIAL, Luisa A. Igloria, Judge. (Sponsored by Otis L. Haislip, Jr.) Any form. Subject: celebrating technology. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20

First Prize: “A Lacework of Bones” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
Second Prize: “Double-Click on the Link” by Joan Mazza, Mineral, VA.
Third Prize: “Reversing the Lens” by Ruth Hill, Chetwynd, BC, Canada.
1st HM: “Ringtone” by Stan Galloway, Bridgewater, VA.
2nd HM: “Afternoon Delight” by Mary Kipps, Sterling, VA.
3rd HM: “Remember Writing for Reservations?” by Esther Whitman Johnson, Roanoke, VA.

19. THE ANNE SPENCER MEMORIAL, Molly Fisk, Judge. (Sponsored by Poetry Virginia.) Any form. Subject: overcoming adversity. 64 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (54 entries)

First Prize: “Pearl” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
Second Prize: “A Bout of Pain” by Eric Forsbergh, Reston, VA.
Third Prize: “You’ve time.” by Richard L. Rose, Richmond, VA.
1st HM: “After Incest” by Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY.
2nd HM: “How to Carve Angels on Commission” by Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA.
3rd HM: “Unadvertised Hero” by Lewis Morgan, Williamsburg, VA.

20. NEW VOICES, Diane Lockward, Judge. (Sponsored by Williamsburg Poetry Guild.) Open only to poets who have never received a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize in any PSV contest. Any form. Any subject. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (42 entries)

First Prize: “Tiger in Rajasthan” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
Second Prize: “Apologizing to Ferlinghetti” by Bill Prindle, Charlottesville, VA.
Third Prize: “Is Compassion Possible” by Lucia King, Luray, VA.
1st HM: “Easterly” by J. P. Coughter, Charlottesville, VA.
2nd HM: “Old Mrs. Bannister” by Linda Partee, Williamsburg, VA.
3rd HM: “antiseptically” by Joanna S. Lee, Richmond, VA.

21. HONORING FATHERHOOD AWARD, Barbara Crooker, Judge. (Sponsored by Bill & Michelle O’Hearn, in memory of Theodore Tomala, Jr.) Any form. Subject: honoring Fathers and/or their sacrifices. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (45 entries)

First Prize: “Book Marked” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX.
Second Prize: “Sons” by Conrad Geller, Ashburn, VA.
Third Prize: “Planting Seeds” by Joyce Shiver, Crystal River, FL.
1st HM: “Dreams of Flying” by Anne A. Whitelaw, Hume, VA.
2nd HM: “My Father Called the Mourning Doves” by Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA.
3rd HM: “Plenty” by Ruth Holzer, Herndon, VA.

22. EMMA GRAY TRIGG MEMORIAL, Joshua Poteat, Judge. (Sponsored by endowment and Poetry Virginia.) Lyric Poem. Any subject. 64 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (51 entries)

First Prize: “Bluejay in the Black Walnut Tree” by Bill Prindle, Charlottesville, VA.
Second Prize: “just where summer touches Mayo’s island” by Joanna S. Lee, Richmond, VA.
Third Prize: “Derry/Londonderry or Derry-Londonderry, 2014” by Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA.
1st HM: “Retirement Community Senryu” by Martha E. Powers, Fairfax, VA.
2nd HM: “A Garden in California” by Mac Mestayer, Williamsburg, VA.
3rd HM: “Daddy’s Folks” by Kim Drew Wright, North Chesterfield, VA.

23. KARMA DEANE OGDEN MEMORIAL, Ron Mohring, Judge. (Sponsored by endowment and Poetry Virginia.) Any form or subject. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (90 entries)

First Prize: “Ars Manga” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.
Second Prize: “Maine Fisherman’s Talk” by Eric Forsbergh, Reston, VA.
Third Prize: “Music of the Pipes” by Joyce Shiver, Crystal River, FL.
1st HM: “Some mornings” by Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA.
2nd HM: “Slow” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
3rd HM: “Modeling Speech” by Jacqueline Jules, Arlington, VA.

24. A POEM WITH A POINT OF VIEW, Nicelle Davis, Judge. (Sponsored by Angela Anselmo.) Any form. Any subject that inspires the writer to express his or her strong or particular feelings. 48 line limit. Award: $50 (65 entries)

First Prize: “The Story, Actually” by Amelia L. Williams, Afton, VA.
1st HM: “Learning the Trinity Stitch” by Anne A. Whitelaw, Hume, VA.
2nd HM: “Don’t Worry: Dial 1-800-WeLoveYou” by Barry R. Berkey, Fairfax, VA.
3rd HM: “Not Right, First Time” by Mac Mestayer, Williamsburg, VA.

25. LORETTA DUNN HALL MEMORIAL, Ruth Bavetta, Judge. (Sponsored by Phyllis Hall Haislip.) Any form. Subject: family. 24 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20 (57 entries)

First Prize: “Uncle” by Susan Patrick, Charlottesville, VA.
Second Prize: “Baking Day” by Terry Cox-Joseph, Newport News, VA.
Third Prize: “Tightrope” by Claudia Gary, Lovettsville, VA.
1st HM: “Aunt Rhonda” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.
2nd HM: “Root and Branch” by Ruth Holzer, Herndon, VA.
3rd HM: “Weight of Winter” by Bill Glose, Yorktown, VA.

26. ANNUAL STUDENT CONTEST.

First Prize: “The Ghost That Trails Me” by Jocelynn Pedro, Hampton, VA.
Second Prize: “‘Mirrormidon’ After Sylvia Plath'” by Al-Majid Edwards, Norfolk, VA.
Third Prize: “Ferguson” by Stacy Green, Hampton, VA.
Honorable Mention: “Mermaid” by Nia Parker, Hampton, VA.