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The Cancer Contest

Blog Posted:6/23/2019 4:32:00 PM

As I was reading and rereading the entries to the Cancer contest I noticed the new TPS contest and Brandy Nicole's comment and it struck me because who am I to be the arbiter of this raw emotion, all with merit and all worthy - in so many ways just as heartwrenching as a eulogy, perhaps more so because they speak to the murderer that stole or is stealing a loved one and there before the grace of God go we. Yet poetry is, after all, the baring of souls, a corner to cry as loudly or as quietly as we wish and to write about something that is often too difficult to comprehend even for poets - mostly for poets, yet we are the ones with the ability to put emotions to words and in the process allow those who can not voice these emotions to know they are not alone. So I, almost reluctantly, judged the contest as objectively as I am capable but celebrate them all equally because, as I alluded, they are all worthy - even those who are not on the ranked list. I will post the results shortly.

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Date: 6/25/2019 4:32:00 PM
thank you for hosting this contest, craig, and congrats to all winners - many excellent poems
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Date: 6/25/2019 7:24:00 PM
Charlotte, thank you for honoring the contest with your art.
Date: 6/24/2019 11:20:00 PM
thank you for your encouraging words, craig... you allowed me to own my experience in a space of empathy... congrats to all!....huggs
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Date: 6/25/2019 7:27:00 AM
You have a special gift Nette, and it is not wasted - thank you for sharing it with all of us.
Date: 6/24/2019 8:52:00 AM
Beautifully said Craig.
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Date: 6/25/2019 7:26:00 AM
Thank you Maureen
Date: 6/24/2019 2:32:00 AM
Yes, thank you Craig for providing an opportunity to share my mums story which has also helped me grieve and heal.
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Date: 6/25/2019 7:24:00 AM
Georgia, thank you for sharing those difficult emotions that are so hard to relive.
Date: 6/23/2019 9:48:00 PM
Craig, thanks for the contest- it was very emotional to write a poem for it.... congrats to all your winners and their wonderful poems
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Date: 6/25/2019 7:25:00 AM
Thank you Constance - your entry was one of those I alluded to as being worthy with all others.
Date: 6/23/2019 7:31:00 PM
Well said, Craig.
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Date: 6/25/2019 7:18:00 AM
Thank you Mark - you did a lot of hard work in your marathon contest - well done, it isn't easy to truly "Judge" someone else's art for fear of our own shortcomings but even true professionals have their subjective likes and dislikes so the best we can do is make every attempt to be fair.

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