Winners from July 30, 2010

1st Place: Never Rare by Jenny DelVecchio
Drawing upon a classic structure, DelVecchio's poem, Never Rare, deals with the harsh reality that war is both brutal and familiar. Readers will appreciate DelVecchio's use of alliteration and careful line breaks to draw them into the overarching message. The rhythm is both plodding and steady, like the explosion of bombs on the battlefield or the stomping of feet headed to war. Never Rare is a study in structure and content.
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2nd Place: Being Free by Shama Genesis Nathan
Regular readers will recognize in Nathan's Being Free the same use of intense verbs and adjectives that tends to define this writer's work. Nathan relies upon descriptive verbs and adjectives to create a sense of agony and danger, only hazily illuminated by the hope of escape. Add to that the occasional use of dialect to provide perspective and readers soon discover they must see how this poem ends.
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