We almost couldn’t do it. We got so many phenomenal poems that it was hard for In Our Books to decide on a winner for our first prompted poetry contest: “Money, money, money.” Each poem had so much that was special and striking about it: imagery, idea or philosophy, message, form (including pantoums, triolets, and limericks), narrative, and voice. We can’t thank you all enough for contributing so much wonderful work.
In the end, we finally managed to settle on not one but two winners between whom we’ll split the prize. The two winning poems are “The Value of Things” by Jay Sizemore and “this glamorous profession” by Daniel Ari. We will be posting short interviews with each of these poets soon as well as the list of runners up. We thank all of you, readers and participants, for sharing with us and one another -we’re so lucky to be in contact with so many terrific writers.
Jay Sizemore’s “The value of things”
Coins pressed into palms like silver stigmata
The whiter the teeth,
These elections are for slugs squirming
These snakes swallow houses whole,
Daniel Ari’s “this glamorous profession”
Bill took an interest in my suit.
I looked at my feet and mumbled.
“I have one just like it.”
I glared. “This was my only suit, a mail-order suit.”
“You probably saw a picture on a model.”
“It looked good, though it was probably pinned up in back.”
“You said, ‘I want that suit.’”
“Actually I said, ‘I can afford that suit.’”
Bill took away my notebook,
Congtratulations, Jay and Daniel! I agree with Andrea and Ina that their job was very hard, indeed. Nice, that they decided to let there be two winning poems 🙂
Congratulations to you both!
CONGRATULATIONS to two of my favorite poets ! Certainly a jackpot of lyricism here!
Jay – one of your finest!
Daniel – as always a fresh, unique, edgy take
BRAVO GENTLEMEN 🙂
Looking forward to the interviews!
Congratulations, fellas. Your poetry always pleases, sometimes surprises, and is always worthwhile. So glad to see it here. So, hats off to you, Daniel, and you, Jay. Well deserved win.
Congratulations you two!! So very well deserved and I don’t envy Andrea in trying to choose. I love that she chose two such different takes–both wonderful. Always enjoy your voices.
I’m so delighted! Thanks for another great creative writing blog, Andrea and Ina. Blessings to all the familiar faces—and those new to me.
Congrats to Daniel and Jay – as many have said before me … both deserving, both such different takes for sure … well chose Ina and Andrea; a good contest!
Congratulations, Jay and Daniel 🙂
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Congratulations to you both!!!
Aren’t both poems amazing, in completely different ways?