September 30, 2010
2006 Merit Award
By James R. Regier
Dreams invading hearts changed by storms,
being repaired by a newborn’s glance.
Struggling against a force we all know is true.
Souls crushed, giving up, realizing
we have become aware of an unexplainable joy.
September 29, 2010
By Kristi Felbinger
2008 Merit Award
water color splashed on paper,
just two cows in a field,
a dog in the bushes at midnight,
the pop of kelp under-toe
hollowed out redwood trees,
two kinds of hairspray,
September 28, 2010
2009 Merit Award
By Angela Belcaster
Rain on the grey of galvanized tin,
rain on the roofs, rain in the basements, moss
rooting into our shoulders the shaded side
toss salt for good luck and look down:
it becomes sea before it hits the ground.
Rain on the cemetery so much
that things long settled shift. Terse rain.
Kryptonite rain, Rain with a half-life
of ten thousand years. Notched rain.
Rain we cannot speak.
The itch of our rain hairshirts; rancorous rain,
we knew, all along, that we have conjured
all this rain.
Rain sonata dampened notes, rain on the Pleiades.
Rain in hell, rain nails on barn windows,
rain for dinner again; a cloudburst over our tables.
And just when we think we’ve become it,
And just when we think we know
our watery, weakened hearts, we look down:
An entire epistemology in a puddle at our feet.
Untouched amid, still blurry
something new and green is rising.
September 27, 2010
September 25, 2010
“Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.” Robert Frost
September 24, 2010
2006 Walk Award
In This Place*
By Barbara Davis-Pyles
I was born of flesh and bone —
a traveling bit of clay
with a jagged little soul.
Over the years
of rough times
and hard weather,
I’ve been worn both
out and down.
And how I’ve lamented my losses.
When all this time
I was simply being
and shined to a high polish
I was a perfect fit
in this time
in this place
next to your jagged little soul
September 23, 2010
2009 Merit Award
By Madeline Bowler, Kindergarten
The Moon sits on the sky.
Looks down at the Kids Playing
Before they go in.