Winners from September 3, 2010

1st Place: In Retrospect by Caroline Bybee
Bybee's poem is a patchwork of imagery and sensation, of detailed memories and vague impressions. Each line relies on concrete description to move the poem toward a final line that both gratifies the mind of the reader while raising additional questions. Readers will find themselves racing to build a relationship between the details and the memories, which--we have no doubt--is exactly what Bybee wants them to do.
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2nd Place: Marley by Kathryn Segner
Segner's Marley is a piece of contrasts and comparisons. Her introductory paragraphs expertly mislead the reader, which makes the revelation of the piece's actual message all the more intense. While, yes, "Marley" is about grief, it's also about the complexity of relationships. Even the best relationships leave their components vulnerable and, inevitably, lead to grief for one person or the other. Segner illustrates this reality with uncomfortable clarity.
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3rd Place: Mint by LA Henderson
A casual reader might mistake this short piece of Henderson for a passage out of a Rice vampire novel. Henderson expertly combines formal dialogue with subtle body language descriptors, which lends a dramatic surreality to the overall product. For readers who appreciate Henderson's artful character interactions, we recommend reading the short stories of Truman Capote. That we can link Capote in any way to Henderson demonstrates the quality of what she's done with Mint.
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