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Deborah Guzzi writes full time. Her third book, The Hurricane is available through Prolific Press. Her poetry appears in Allegro, Artificium, Shooter, & The Foxglove Journal in the UK, Subterranean Blue, Existere, The Ekphrastic Review, Scarlet Leaf Review & Subterranean Blue Poetry, Canada - Tincture, Australia - mgv2>publishing, France Cha: Asian Review, China - Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Australia - The Scarlet Leaf Review - Greece, Ribbons, pioneertown, Sounding Review, Bacopa Literary Review, The Aurorean, Liquid Imagination, The Tishman Review, Page & Spine & others in the USA. 

Holiday Haiku FINALIZED

Blog Posted:11/12/2010 9:40:00 AM
Hi everyone, what a learning experience doing (or attempting to do) these haiku is! As much as I like to keep slots 1,2,3 single placements, I just couldn't do it this time! All the folks who placed did a wonderful job is "showing" a holiday.

I was recently told some feel I do not pick poets for the top ten slots who express their verses in a heartfelt way. That I always favor the voices of the mind. I think I bend over backwards to let everyone have a voice? Yet, if anyone EVER has a problem with my selections I would want to hear about it in Soup Mail. Most times, I have had discussions with "you" and you have chosen to take your own path, this is MORE than fine, but, may cause you not to place?


Please let me know here in the comments if you feel I should try harder to be fair?

PS I did that group meditation last night at 11:11 for 11 minutes wowser! I feelt like my third eye was "burning" SO much "juice!?"

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Date: 11/13/2010 8:18:00 PM
congrats to all!
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Date: 11/13/2010 3:50:00 PM
I made a century with this placement in your contest, Debbie
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Date: 11/13/2010 5:44:00 AM
I think if you know you judged fairly and honestly you should feel no guilt, so I am sure you did? But I do recall, Deb, even you, yourself questioning placements from time to time, is that not right? Judging is not easy, someone will be unhappy, someone will be hurt, that is the downside of contests, I have felt the pain of defeat and the glory of winning, but one thing I have learned is to love my own poetry no matter who is telling me to change it or who is trashing it~~ Constance
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Date: 11/12/2010 6:06:00 PM
I just got back on the computer for a while this afternoon to learn of my placement in the contest. Thank you so much Deb for my placement. Because of it I don't feel any comment should come from me about the contest. But I can say that even though you and I have lightly disagreed at times with each other and with other poets, I kmow neither of us would do anything to the other or to other contestants except judge poems on their own merit, and not for personal feelings about the writer. Personal feelings change for better or worse at times but once that poem goes into print it is there for a long time speaking for itself, so we can't treat it lightly. You do a good job.
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Date: 11/12/2010 5:03:00 PM
Congrats to all the winners of your excellent contest Debbie and for the second place for my entry ..snowflakes fill chilled air.. so many wonderful entries I read and u did a great job of judging luv.. think u are doing just fine... happy weekend...
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Date: 11/12/2010 4:25:00 PM
Thanks for my placement in the contest. I think you are quite fair in handling the contest.Debbie
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Date: 11/12/2010 3:33:00 PM
Deb, thanks so much, and Congrats to your wonderful winners. Keep doing these kinds of contests! Luv, Andrea
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Date: 11/12/2010 3:09:00 PM
Oh Poopie it is over before I entered Deb. Well maybe the next one.I have been so buzy with my soup mails. I think I am down to like 10 wanting info on me and why I write, how I judge a poem etc etc:: I have to take a break from it a couple few days. Have a splendid weekend you all. Love, Carol Congrats to all the winners. Love, Carol
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Date: 11/12/2010 1:03:00 PM
Can you tell us more about the sestina? The form definition here on the Soup seems pretty vague. And thanks for my placement in your holiday contest. Sooo many great Christmas poems! Love, Carolyn
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Date: 11/12/2010 1:01:00 PM
Deb, judges have to base their decisions on their own set of criteria. Some look more for structure and form, others seek messages. I try to offer spelling/grammar suggestions and sometimes people are grateful for these. If we don't like the way someone judges, we have the option of not entering their contests. I think most people understand and there are only a few who complain. If that's happened to you, don't let it get to you. Love, Carolyn
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Date: 11/12/2010 12:51:00 PM
Thanks for the Honorable Mention~~
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Date: 11/12/2010 10:12:00 AM
Oh...and thanks Debbie for my placement in your contest! And congratulations to all your winners. On second guessing my own...I'm wondering if it borderlined on being a senryu? What's your opinion...I still get them muddled from time to time. :)
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Date: 11/12/2010 9:51:00 AM
I for one, have never had any problem with the is their contest and their decision to make...I just appreciate your willingness to go out on a limb for the rest of us, who care to enter. I hope that people are kind, and do not have any arguments with your selection. It is our own choice to enter. I think each judge has a right to pick the poem that speaks to them...regardless of what we think.
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