Tom Howard Poetry Contest
Complete Results of 2008 Contest
First Prize, $2,000: Dawn Raymond (USA), Ghosts
Second Prize, $1,000: Harry Gilleland (USA), The Old Salty Poems
Third Prize, $500: Joseph Gorman (USA), Anxiety Disorder
Fourth Prize, $250: Wolstan Brown (USA), Do not be kind to robots that love humans
Five High Distinction Awards of $200 each (in merit order): Harry Gilleland (USA), The Assembled Waiters
Joanne Lau (Hong Kong), Hickory Dickory Dock
Meryl Raw (South Africa), Return to Mount Ayliff’s Childhood Home
Vicky Gouldthorp (USA), The Attic
Tamar Diana Wilson (Mexico), From L.A. to New York
Six Highly Commended Awards of $100 each (in random order): Martin Steele, (USA), Omaha. Day one. The Day – 6 June
Louis Giron (USA), Ars anti-poetica Halloween candy
Helen Bar-Lev (Israel), True Roots
Dixon Hearne (USA), Touchstones
Phyllis Jean Green (USA), Mirrors not for Them
Tom Berman (Israel), Nightfall
Finalists for Cash Awards (in random order):
Helen Bar-Lev: Crows in the Rain, Beachcombers, Waking, The Convoy, Second Fiddle, Venus, Waiting at a Traffic Light, Serving tg the Guests Watermelon; Joseph Gorman: Matthew 10:16; Joanne Lau: Spiral, Grab Not the Red, Traces, Metabolism of Time, A Toddler Easily Falls, Snow Globe, Life in a Box, The Playwright, I Do Not Remember, Water Wanted; Johnmichael Simon: Goodbye Granny Robinson, Apartment Building on Intersection Partly in Darkness, Sabbatical, God Is Great, Synchronicity or Design, For Old Time’s Sake; Phyllis Jean Green: Be, Look How Tall You Are!, Your lap Your Chinese Checkers, Blink of an Eye, Vintage Yarn, Still Afloat, Call Me a Deer Devil, Judge not Judge-?; Hans Jorg Stahlschmidt: Ganges, Meeting the Buddha near Bangalore, Liberian soldier boy, Alone in the house; Tom Berman: Waiting, Aging with the Tiles, The Tau Neutrino; Berwyn Moore: After the Light; Donna Arlynn Frisinger: Bullets for a Hometown Hero; Frank Salvideo: His Mirror, What Sappho Said, Magnets, Scheduling; Laura Hilton-Margraf: Fire in the Snow, Vanishing Point, Thou, Coyote, One Night Removed; Carmine Dandrea: Easter 1951; Sooja Jones: Nickel and Dime; Charmaine Cadeau: Hauntings; Fred Kruger: Facing Alzheimers – No Going Back; Art Schwartz: Lola High Upon My Shoulders; Frank McDonald: Of Seas and Galleons.
Commended (in random order):
Harry Gilleland, Brotherly Love; Shannon M. Greer, Daisies; Michaela Nomis, Home; Meryl Raw, Foundations; Joseph Gorman, That Thing That; Holly Bilski, Elephants;
Raymond Southall, Bric-a-Brac; Aliene Pylant, Refuse; Virginia Muller, The Ocean;
Vivien K. Harris, Denim Jacket Pantoum; Lori Pike, The Bench; Ruth Hill, Autumn; Ruth Hill, Colors in the Far North; Alicia Patti, Family Reunion; Michael Casey, Riverrun; Larry Long, Whispers of Death; Benton Keith, Midnight on the Lake;
Benton Keith, A Darker Shade of Day; Russell Mortimer, The Trench of Dread; Karen Gifford, There’s one…; Anne Robey, Today Was a Good Day; Bernard Mann, We Stumbled to the Singing Sea.
Primary Short List (random order):
Jillian James, On the road to Razorback; Erna Bennett, Three thousand 744; Hari Prasad Sahu, The Splendid Web; Neil Kaufman, Crux; David Dunstan, On opening the annual Waiyungari…; Rhoda Greenstone, Tigers; Joanne M. Uppendahl, The Way She Wakens;
Lola Shoneyin, For Kiitan; Don Kimball: Prayer for My Father; Stella Wittstock, The Poet; Barbara Orlowska-Westwood, Lazarus; Raymond Southall, The End of the Affair; Virginia Muller, Confined; Benton Keith: Autumn Night in Cowan; Virginia Muller, Grandfather Clock; Michael Casey, Just Marbles; Walter Skold, Ye Olde First Perish
Peter Moltoni, I Long for Hidden Outback Places; Paul Cummins, A Wife’s Question; Antonia Clark, Famous Last Words; Shannon M. Greer, Wet Orchid; Shannon M. Greer, January Thaw; Betty Bleen, A Different Mourning; Becky Alexander, Myth-Morphosis; Joanne Mills, Walyunga; Trish Shields, BC Dreamer; Joseph Gorman, White Petals; Persephone Vandergrift, My Photographic Memory; Barbara Yost, On losing a job; Corinne Cheatham, Heavenly Perfection; Rosemary Bruffett, What Do You See?
Diane Bubb, In Defense of Doggerel; Sherry Willis, Fallen Leaves; David J. Delaney, Cradle Mountain; Daniel Lee, Beauty; Lori Westerbuhr, Origins; Stephanie Varholak, Initiation; Stephanie Varholak, Holstered at the Hip; George Lotter, Darkness Tells Me; John Foster, The Nonet; Scott Harmon, Bashathaloo sighed…; Scott Harmon, Look, don’t judge me…; Gene Tanta, History has a few words for you; Maggie Lawlor, A glimpse of your soul; Anne Robey, What is real?; Sam Smith, Conjure Lover; Caryn Hull, Spring Mistress; Caryn Hull, The Drowning Soul; Mary Maier, Whidby Island Girl; Joseph Gorman, the road; Stumbling; Drip, Drip, Drip; Leland James, Those Little Garnishes at the Café Surreal; Leland James, North Lake; Leland James, The Careful Sparrow; Kathe Palka, El Capitan by Full Moon; Christine Goodman, Homeless;
Lisa Gilley, The Bat Poet’s Lament; Jo Carolyn Beebe, Hopewell Cemetery; Niki Nymark, The Saturn Is Almost Shot; Sharon Carlson, Poetry… Lost; Peter Moltoni, Here at the Fountainside; Jerry Eidenier, In the Absence of Horses; Miranda Moti, Invisible butterflies; Theresa Cocolin, Transformation; Bonnie Leer, Morning Music; Deanna Matzanke, Un-Disney; Paul Cummins, The Ferry from Macinaw to Blaney Park; Liz Davies, To Maintain Loft; Karen Garrison, Big Back Seat; Jessica LaFortune, Through North Pacific Woods I Wander; Allan Gatt, A New Coat of Paint; Jennifer Paggliaro, "417"; Marcia Adkins, Indian Summer; Wayne Lee, In the Basement of the New Yorker Hotel; Harry E. Gilleland, Jr., Cindy Jo; Harry E. Gilleland, Jr., And So the Zoo Lion Paces… ; Jeff Kamin, Walking along the Soccer Field; Cassandra Crull, Once Upon a Time; Tracy Decker, Moment; Sherri Peterson, Dragonflies; Virginia Muller, Irish Lass; Debra Gundy, Watercolor Lighthouse; Kate Fridkis, Storm; Sherry Willis, Fallen Leaves; Edward G. Pizzella, Professional Pride; Eileen Obser, Driving Under the Influence; Jeffrey P. Squire, The Gardener’s Reflection of Change; Vivien Cook, Firestorm; Petr V. Dugan, The Gray Pilgrim; Syd Knowlton, Fidelity; Carolyn Moore, The Selkie Discovers the Information Age; John Davis Pilkey, Fire Street; John Davis Pilkey, Old Mortality; Terence R. Seward, Trespassers; R.E.L. Chamberlin, Hard Scrabble; Dean Hooper, Reprise; Ronald K. Olson, His Heart Has Ears.
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The judges wish to heartily congratulate all the poets who appear on the above lists. All the above entries were nothing short of outstanding. Some of the poems did have minor defects which tended to detract from their overall impact and effectiveness. A few weak lines and occasional hackneyed images were often the chief problem. If these weak lines and images were strengthened (or even eliminated altogether), the poems, in our opinion, would make a greater impression on the reader. We recommend submitting these poems to other contests, or even re-submitting revised copies to the current Tom Howard and Margaret Reid Contests.