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miller's pond, 2002
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Poets in the Pond:
Thomas Robert Barnes
Joe Benevento
Nancy Breen
Reid Bush
David Cazden
Terese Coe
Jack Conway
Robert Coopeman
Julie Damerell
Christine Delea
Donelle N. Dreese
Maria Shockley Erman
Brian C. Felder
Jennifer Gomoll
George Gott
Alan Harawitz
Elizabeth Howard
M.J. Iuppa
Charles James
Patricia Jones
David JordanKathy Kieth
Danny Knestaut
John P. Kristofco
Rebbecca Louden
David Michael Nixon
Brady Rhoades
Rebecca Roberts
Geri Rosenweig
M.S. Smith
Judith Sornberger
Terry Thomas
Karen Thorpe
Sue Anne Siegrist
M.A. Schaffner
Peter Swanson
Marc Widershien
Judith Wyatt
Fredrick Zydek
PLUS
Catherine Cady interviews Judith Sornberger
Reviews by:
Linda Sue Park and others
Loella Cady Lamphier
 Poetry Contest winners:

$250 - 1st Place 
"My First Father's Day Without a Father,"
by Vivian Shipley, North Haven, CT

$100 - 2nd Place
"A Life,"
by Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, N.Y.

$50 - 3rd Place
"Driving Miss Joanne,"
by Mary Langer Thompson, Canoga Park, CA

  • Honorable Mentions: 
  • "Lilacs on the Table," by Barbara Koch, Pittsburgh, PA
  • "A Temporary Excuse," by Chelsea Keefer, Bowling Green, OH
  • "At the Gallery," by Chelsea Keefer, Bowling Green, OH
  • "Neither of Us Looks Forty," by Julie Damerell, Rochester, N.Y.
  • "Dear Adrienne Rich," by Ryan Van Cleave, Green Bay, WI
  • "Dear Rita Dove," by Ryan Van Cleave, Green Bay, WI
  • "Cell Phones and Song Cells," by Mary Langer Thompson, Canoga Park, CA
  • "A Tribute to Big Bob," by Mary Langer Thompson, Canoga Park, CA
  •   "Her Hands at Twilight," by Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY
  • "Coma: Bachus Hospital," by Vivian Shipley, North Haven, CT
Judge's Comments:

There were many fine poems among this year's contestants, and all are to be congratulated for their efforts.  "My First Father's Day Without a Father," received top    honors for its strong rhythms, its attention to detail, and its many images and associations.

"A Life," was remarkable for the beauty of its music: in this regard, it had no peer among the contending poems.  A true lyric, the poem speaks in an intensely personal language, while using imagery to keep the reader grounded.

"Driving Miss Joanne," the third place poem, possessed an achieved combination of innocence and experience.  The childhood memories, which carry the feeling of the narrator's warmth towards her subject, are undercut in the final stanzas by a grown-up's questioning, culminating powerfully in the double meaning of the last line.

-Phil Memmer
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