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An anthology of 102 award-winning and commended poems from the Tom Howard Poetry Contest and the Margaret Reid Prize for Traditional Verse, supplemented by three poems from each of the judges.
In editing this anthology, my aim was to include not only the major and minor cash prizewinners, but a selection of soul-stirring works from the Short Lists as well. My Associate Judge, Professor D.C. Konrad, then suggested that readers might like to see some of my own poetry too; so I decided upon two poems of my own composition, "Beacon Hill" and "Walking with El Senor", plus "Night", a translation of an atmospheric Spanish poem by Jose Asuncion Silva (1865-96). Naturally, I returned the gesture by asking Professor Konrad to submit three poems also. She has contributed three beautiful poems: "The Day That Might Have Been", "Trouble with Time", and "Knowing You".
full of murmurs and perfumes,
of the music of wings:
wed to the humid darkness
of burning glow-worm rings.
You, silent and pale, walking hand in hand
across the flower-deepened field.
Your bitter thoughts, moon-shadows hide...