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August 4, 2013

Boynton winners on YouTube 2013

Nine videos of Sue Boynton Poetry Contest 2013 winners have been uploaded to the “recent uploads” section of the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest YouTube channel. Special thanks to the poets — Bassam Najib Boulos, Colleen Schwartz, Emily Spector-Van Zee, Jim Milstead, Luther Allen, Malcolm H. Kenyon, Mariah Brown-Pounds, Marina Murphy, and Susan Chase-Foster — and to Dal Neitzel and the staff at Bellingham TV10 (BTV10). Be sure to watch for these brief readings, which air between other programming on BTV10.

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Malcolm Kenyon - The Goat Island Battery
2013 Walk Award
By Malcolm H. Kenyon

Monuments to changed perceptions
these batteries once covered every estuary
strait and cove in Puget Sound,

Our continent a land-locked ship
with twelve-inch rifles aimed
at ghosts who never came

Each rock and headland honeycombed
with concrete revetments and magazines
once-filled with real-live men

Who scanned the night for threats
which lay beyond the range of guns—
the world stayed out of reach and war

Evolved in Asia. The inability of islands
to maneuver left such citadels behind
for picnics, lovers, vines

That curled around the vacant ports
to slowly close the eyes of history
till masonry and native rock

Could not be told apart.

*Copyright 2013 by Malcolm H. Kenyon. Placard designed and illustrated by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio.

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