“Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

                    INAUGURAL POETRY CHALLENGE WINNER                     Definitions I Prefer                     meas·ure:                    a photographer,                    his mistress.                     touch:                    two sleeping strangers,                    a Greyhound bus.                     pre·ma·ture birth:                    a poet,                    mother’s coffin.                     time·less·ness:                     chameleons,                    a branch.                     soothe:                    aloe,                    summer home.                     hun·ger:                    swirling fork,                    empty plate.                     pres·ence:                    hurricane,                    twelve dead.                     song:                    cobbled roads,                    lover’s cart.                     ho·li·ness:                    morning fog,                    reindeer antler.                     weak·ness:                    bodybuilder,                    unshared bed.                     tone:                    wood,                    pressed ear. Poem written by www.yesorotherwise.tumblr.com Selected by poet Allen Braden as the Inaugural Poetry Challenge Winner Judge’s comment: “‘Definitions I Prefer’ was chosen for its innovation in taking a kind of list we are all familiar with (dictionary entries) and re-envisioning it into the form of a catalog, or list, poem. This poem also practices William Carlos Williams’ advice ‘No ideas but in things,’ what Samuel Taylor Coleridge warned against—‘the danger of thinking without images.’” Again, Congratulations and a tip of the quill goes to www.yesorotherwise.tumblr.com! Details regarding our upcoming second Poetry Challenge will be posted later this week. Please check back for guidelines and deadline.

                    INAUGURAL POETRY CHALLENGE WINNER

                    Definitions I Prefer

                    meas·ure:
                    a photographer,
                    his mistress.

                    touch:
                    two sleeping strangers,
                    a Greyhound bus.

                    pre·ma·ture birth:
                    a poet,
                    mother’s coffin.

                    time·less·ness:
                    chameleons,
                    a branch.

                    soothe:
                    aloe,
                    summer home.

                    hun·ger:
                    swirling fork,
                    empty plate.

                    pres·ence:
                    hurricane,
                    twelve dead.

                    song:
                    cobbled roads,
                    lover’s cart.

                    ho·li·ness:
                    morning fog,
                    reindeer antler.

                    weak·ness:
                    bodybuilder,
                    unshared bed.

                    tone:
                    wood,
                    pressed ear.

Poem written by www.yesorotherwise.tumblr.com

Selected by poet Allen Braden as the Inaugural Poetry Challenge Winner

Judge’s comment: “‘Definitions I Prefer’ was chosen for its innovation in taking a kind of list we are all familiar with (dictionary entries) and re-envisioning it into the form of a catalog, or list, poem. This poem also practices William Carlos Williams’ advice ‘No ideas but in things,’ what Samuel Taylor Coleridge warned against—‘the danger of thinking without images.’”

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