The results of the Summer Pleasure Poetry Contest (arranged by Eileen Tabios
) are out and I'm proud to inform that yours truly made, quite unbelievably but all the more pleasurably, the Finalists list! I'm in no position, nor need, to make any assumptions about the qualifications of the judges, but infering by the quality of the other work they chose to reward, I'm all the more amazed that a cuckoo like me was included. Then again, I hereby accept, and why not? Oh, the locusts sing such a sweet melody...
The pleasurablest winner of this wine-induced, and in every aspect wine-influenced, contest was a fine poet called Joanna Fuhrman
. Her beautiful entry, “Moraine For Bob,” is reprinted here
, as are the poems of the other finalists, whose names and prized works are as follows:
“Capella” by Mark Lamoreaux
“Fox Grapes” by Helen Rugieri
“Mellow Pad Moraine” by Joanna Fuhrman
“POEM IN PRAISE OF THE PARALLEL PLEASURES OF WHINE” by Lorna Dee Cervantes
“Untitled (Domenica)” by Ernesto Priego
My two humble contributions, called "Untitled" and "Fistful Thinking," respectively, read like this:
the sweet felicity
and my linctus.
I might I
of anything but
in and up.
Thanks, Eileen, and thanks, guys (whether groaning or hoo-haa'ing). It was a pleasure.