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I retired from a nursing career to live a simple life in the country and write. I self
published my first book of poetry, The River of Liquid Dreams. Small presses published two more, In The Presence of Shadows, and Faith Like A Dandelion. I had the honor of having one of my poems recited in a documentary produced by the Canadian Institute on Child Health, The Healing Journey. I give poetry readings and judge performance poetry competitions.

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LETTERS TO POETS CONTEST JUDGED


Blog Posted:6/20/2014 8:34:00 AM

Wow! This was a hard contest to do. I received so many amazing poems. It was fun to find out about so many of you and what poets inspire you to pick up a pen and keep writing, and writing.

I had requested no names on the poems, preferring to judge blind. For several years I judged slam competitions, some of them with thousands in prize money. At first it wasn't too hard, poets came in from all over the country and they were all strangers. Judging was all about the poetry and performance. Then I began to know the poets personally, connected between slams. When they returned to compete, judging became much harder. I struggled to know I was giving scores only on the quality of the poetry and not letting personal like for and respect of the poet influence me.

I have come to know many poets here, some are personal favorites, and some I have connected with beyond the soup. I wanted to be sure I was not giving scores based on personal feelings so those that entered with names attached received honorable mention. Their poems were just too good to not mention.

I am sorry if anybody is upset over their poem not placing, or the placement it received. Remember these are only my thoughts. Another would probably choose differently.

Many hugs and thanks to everyone who participated.

Here is the list of winners:

Actually I can't figure out how to get the list of winners on this blog. Thought I could copy and move but that doesn't seem to be working. I am not very computer savvy. Guess you will have to look at the list itself.

 

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  1. Date: 6/24/2014 11:45:00 PM
    Hi Monterey, I really enjoyed writing for your contest. I was so inspired by the theme! Thank you for placing my poem on your winner's list! Congratulations to everyone who participated! :)

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  1. Date: 6/21/2014 8:34:00 AM
    Yes, congratulations to all the winners, and to all who entered. You all wrote beautiful, creative poems based on my idea. I am glad I was able to inspire such a unique outpouring of words. I will be leaving for Florida tomorrow due to a health crisis with my uncle. I will try my best to comment on all the entries I received in as timely a manner as I can. Again, thank you to all of you who participated. I enjoyed reading every poem.

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  1. Date: 6/20/2014 3:07:00 PM
    Congratulations to all the winners! There some amazing entries for your contest, Monterey. Emily Dickinson's words haunt me often. Thank you very much for my placement. Indeed, it must have been hard to judge this one! Love and blessings to all, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 6/20/2014 1:55:00 PM
    Thank you for my placement..I enjoyed all the poems..it was a great idia for a contest. BG

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  1. Date: 6/20/2014 1:47:00 PM
    congrats to all who joined, monterey.. huggs

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  1. Date: 6/20/2014 12:46:00 PM
    Monterey, I have these same struggles that you have mentioned when it comes to judging and that is why I judge blind too, and still I sometimes can know just instinctively who the poets are that have participated in my contests. Thanks for my #5. After seeing some of the stellar poems in your contest, I knew mine would not deserve a top spot!! But I am glad you liked it and I thank you for the inspiration to do it. I once figured out how to post a winners' list but I can't remember how I did it. You need to use one of the icons at the top of the bar where you post the blog!! (I have been writing little comments as I read your manuscript. Will soupmail you sometime)

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  1. Date: 6/20/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Thank you so much, Monterey! What amazing poets so beautiful paid tribute in your contest! Congratulations to one and all !!

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  1. Date: 6/20/2014 10:48:00 AM
    Congratulations to all the winners!!! :O)-

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  1. Date: 6/20/2014 9:22:00 AM
    Congratulations to all the winners. As you said a tough contest with so much talent around.

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My Past Blog Posts

 
LETTERS TO POETS CONTEST JUDGED
Date Posted: 6/20/2014 8:34:00 AM
Romantic Gestures
Date Posted: 2/13/2014 9:24:00 AM
The Sound of Color Judged
Date Posted: 12/10/2013 8:58:00 AM
TO THE AMAZING PEOPLE AT POETRY SOUP
Date Posted: 7/27/2013 5:25:00 AM
POSTAGE STILL DUE
Date Posted: 6/1/2013 6:45:00 AM
IN SEARCH OF THE LOST SOCK
Date Posted: 5/18/2013 6:14:00 PM

My Poems

123
Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
7/16/2014THE LETTERFree verseabsence,loneliness,
7/10/2014 WORDLESS MEMORIESFree versedevotion,loss,love,
6/6/2014AUTUMN'S APPROACHPantoumloss,
5/18/2014A LETTER TO SYLVIA PLATHFree verseinspiration,poets,
5/10/2014DELIVERANCE REVISITEDFree versewords,
5/5/2014MAKING BEDS IN A BURNING HOUSEFree versebrother,growth,life,
4/26/2014KALEIDOSCOPEFree verselife,loss,lost,
4/26/2014FREE VERSE CIRCUSFree versepoetry,poets,
4/13/2014COW TANKATankaanimal,friendship,
4/13/2014SPRING MORNING IN THE OZARKSFree versenature,spring,
4/11/2014WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONEFree versechildhood,children,life,
4/9/2014HANGING TOUGHFree versechildren,courage,life,
4/1/2014MY ODE TO THE NETHERLANDSDodoitsuimage,places,
3/17/2014ALMOSTFree versebaby,birth,loss,love,
3/16/2014OLD RATTY ROBEFree verseloss,love,mother,
3/16/2014A MATTER OF TASTEFree verseabuse,
3/11/2014NEGATIONImagismdevotion,life,
3/2/2014SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHTFree versebetrayal,loneliness,
3/2/2014THE WINDOWPANEImagismlove,
2/21/2014TEARSFree verselife,
2/13/2014PROMISESFree verselove,
2/13/2014A LOVE THAT WILL CROSS OVERCoupletlove,
2/10/2014WHERE DO THEY GO WHEN THEY LEAVEFree verseabsence,remember,
2/6/2014TEA PARTYDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)dedication,inspiration,
2/6/2014THE LOST SOCKFree versepoetry,
123

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Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
The Peace SignFree versememory,peace,
MomFree verseloss,love,mom,
Child Lips Free versechildhood,faith,
On the outside, looking inFree versefriendship,life,people,sa
My day as a womanRhymeencouraging,feelings,jour
FINESSESonnetcharacter,
Flickering ShadowsFree verseadventure,
Language BarrierProse Poetryemotions,immigration,insp
ALL ABOUT CURIOSITYLight Poetryidentity,
Like A TreeFree versedevotion,faith,
Teach them youngI do not know?africa,children,culture,e
ALONG YOUTH'S LANERhymechildhood,places,
Temple of LifeSijogod,nature,
FROZEN HEARTBEATFree verselonging,sad,
How to DieFree verseage,death,dream,
Dear Robert FrostFree versepoetry,poets,
BLESSINGSCoupletappreciation,

Fav Poets

PoetCountry 
Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
Mystic Rose Canada Flag Canada Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Drake Eszes United States Flag United States Read
Anne Lise Andresen Norway Flag Norway Read
Suzanne Delaney United States Flag United States Read
Donna Jones United States Flag United States Read
Mark Peterson United States Flag United States Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Elly Wouterse Netherlands Flag Netherlands Read
Bindu Vijayan India Flag India Read
James Kelley United States Flag United States Read
Ronald Zammit Australia Flag Australia Read
Leon Enriquez Singapore Flag Singapore Read
Brooke Dylan United States Flag United States Read
harry horsman United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read