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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.

                                   Monterey Sirak        



 




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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My Past Blog Posts

 
THE BEAUTY OF AUTUMN
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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 Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
11/25/2014 WHAT WAS IS Rhymefun,
11/24/2014 UNDONE Free verselife,nature,
11/10/2014 GOODBYE Free verseloss,
10/12/2014 NINETY SOMETHING Free verseage,life,
10/4/2014 OZARKS Acrosticnature,
9/1/2014 FRUGIFEROUS Free verseromance,
8/24/2014 A TASTE OF----- Free versefun,
8/4/2014 FINALITY Free verseloss,relationship,
7/28/2014 DAISY PETALS Free verselove,
7/28/2014 Life Interrupted Free verselife,
7/16/2014 THE LETTER Free verseabsence,loneliness,
7/10/2014 WORDLESS MEMORIES Free versedevotion,loss,love,
6/6/2014 AUTUMN'S APPROACH Pantoumloss,
5/18/2014 A LETTER TO SYLVIA PLATH Free verseinspiration,poets,
5/10/2014 DELIVERANCE REVISITED Free versewords,
5/5/2014 MAKING BEDS IN A BURNING HOUSE Free versebrother,growth,life,
4/26/2014 KALEIDOSCOPE Free verselife,loss,lost,
4/26/2014 FREE VERSE CIRCUS Free versepoetry,poets,
4/13/2014 COW TANKA Tankaanimal,friendship,
4/13/2014 SPRING MORNING IN THE OZARKS Free versenature,spring,
4/11/2014 WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONE Free versechildhood,children,life,
4/9/2014 HANGING TOUGH Free versechildren,courage,life,
4/1/2014 MY ODE TO THE NETHERLANDS Dodoitsuimage,places,
3/17/2014 ALMOST Free versebaby,birth,loss,love,
3/16/2014 OLD RATTY ROBE Free verseloss,love,mother,
3/16/2014 A MATTER OF TASTE Free verseabuse,
3/11/2014 NEGATION Imagismdevotion,life,
3/2/2014 SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT Free versebetrayal,loneliness,
3/2/2014 THE WINDOWPANE Imagismlove,
2/21/2014 TEARS Free verselife,
2/13/2014 PROMISES Free verselove,
2/13/2014 A LOVE THAT WILL CROSS OVER Coupletlove,
2/10/2014 WHERE DO THEY GO WHEN THEY LEAVE Free verseabsence,remember,
2/6/2014 TEA PARTY Dramatic Verse (Verse Drama)dedication,inspiration,
2/6/2014 THE LOST SOCK Free versepoetry,
1/31/2014 FADE AWAY Free verse 
1/27/2014 NELL Free versegrandmother,life,love,
12/23/2013 THE BLOSSOMING OF THORNS Free versebeauty,pain,
12/23/2013 MOST DESERVING Free verseconflict,confusion,hope,l
12/21/2013 OLD MAN WINTER Personificationwinter,
12/17/2013 NATURE'S CHILD Free verselife,
12/1/2013 IF I WERE TINKERBELL Free versefantasy,
11/30/2013 A KING ARTHUR HOME Free verseculture,
11/26/2013 THANKSGIVING EVE Tankaloss,
11/23/2013 POETIC COMPARISONS Free verselife,poetry,society,
11/19/2013 One Thousand White Butterflies Free versebeauty,butterfly,celebrat
11/15/2013 BROKEN FLOWERS Ethereebeauty,child,love,
11/9/2013 DUST BOWL SF Free versechange,life,nature,
11/4/2013 SKY Free verselife,native american,
11/2/2013 ETERNAL BREATH Free verseloss,love,
10/25/2013 GULF SHORE MOON Narrativedesire,love,moon,water,
10/25/2013 EVENING SONG Imagismanimal,eve,nature,
10/23/2013 MISTY MORNING Imagismmorning,nature,
10/19/2013 SHIELD MY JOY Free versegod,joy,
10/16/2013 BEATLE MANIA Free versecelebrity,
10/15/2013 NEW ORLEANS Where Living Is So Good Free versecommunity,culture,life,
10/14/2013 PIXILATED Free versejourney,self,
10/12/2013 HOPE Imagismhope,image,
10/11/2013 TOP OF THE STAIRS Free verseimagination,senses,
10/10/2013 EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY Free versebeauty,happiness,life,
9/22/2013 THOUGHTS FROM A TREE Free versefeelings,nature,spoken wo
9/22/2013 MELTING RAINBOWS Free verseconflict,culture,society,
9/21/2013 EARTH ASTRONAUTS AND PARISIAN CAFES Free verseimage,society,world,
8/27/2013 WHOSE GARDEN Free versechange,poetry,
8/22/2013 LEFT SIDE OF NOWHERE Free versesocial,society,
8/17/2013 AT MIDNIGHT Free versepoems,
8/17/2013 ADDICTION Free versefeelings,identity,
7/28/2013 POETRY READING Free verseinspiration,introspection
7/27/2013 POACHING FROST Free versepoetry,words,
6/25/2013 A SECRET NEVER TOLD Free versedeath,grief,sister,
6/20/2013 PATTY-CAKE ANGELS Free verseangel,celebration,happine
6/15/2013 DADDY WANTED TO FLY Free versedad,
6/15/2013 TRANSITION Versechange,relationship,
6/9/2013 WHEN A DREAMER SIGHS Free verselife,poetry,society,
6/5/2013 THE WAY OF LIFE Free versechange,
6/2/2013 I WANT WHAT I CAN'T HAVE Free verselife,society,
6/1/2013 MANUSCRIPT Imagismnature,
5/26/2013 Tomorrow I Will Write Free verseinspiration,poetry,writin
5/19/2013 Melancholy Memory Versedeath,grief,loss,
5/19/2013 HOME Free versehome,
5/11/2013 Twilight Hands Free verseage,life,mom,tribute,
5/5/2013 Epitaph Free verseabsence,death,

My Photos


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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
The Peace Sign Free versememory,peace,
Mom Free verseloss,love,mom,
On the outside, looking in Free versefriendship,life,people,sa
My day as a woman Rhymeencouraging,feelings,jour
FINESSE Sonnetcharacter,
Flickering Shadows Free verseadventure,
Language Barrier Prose Poetryemotions,immigration,insp
ALL ABOUT CURIOSITY Light Poetryidentity,
Teach them young I do not know?africa,children,culture,e
ALONG YOUTH'S LANE Rhymechildhood,places,
Temple of Life Sijogod,nature,
FROZEN HEARTBEAT Free verselonging,sad,
How to Die Free verseage,death,dream,
Dear Robert Frost Free versepoetry,poets,
BLESSINGS Coupletappreciation,
Beg to Have Blitzbetrayal,
Questions to Ponder Verseappreciation,beauty,thank
I Am The Mighty Mountain Personificationearth,mountains,
My Poetry Garden Narrativegarden,
Hey Hank, Did You Just - Senryufunny,writing,
I need to feel Free verseangst,emotions,
What Am I Quatrainnature,
The Gift Dramatic monologueangel,beauty,
A Rare Place Blank versenature,
The Gift Verseencouraging,prayer,spirit
How Poetry Began Quatrainnature,poetry,
Hidden mountaineer Rhymehappiness,journey,
Holy Is The Lamb Free versedevotion,god,
I Recall The Wind Free versemom,moving on,
Soft September Verseautumn,
God's Kind Of Poetry Terza Rimabeauty,devotion,poetry,
FALL IN LOVE Acrosticautumn,love,nature,
The art of understanding Free verseprayer,
YESTERDAY'S JOYS Rhymechildhood,image,magic,
- Angels and Snow - Versemoon,snow,winter,
I am or maybe I am not Free versehow i feel,introspection,

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
Ronald Zammit Australia Flag Australia 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
Arlene Smith United States Flag United States Read
Tim Ryerson United States Flag United States Read
daver austin United States Flag United States Read
Keith Robson United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Sara Kendrick United States Flag United States Read
Matthew Anish United States Flag United States Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Martin Lochner South Africa Flag South Africa Read