Dog-Ear Poetry Contest: Winners Revealed

In fall 2013, The Found Poetry Review invited poets to submit entries for its first-ever dog-ear poetry contest. The challenge? Find a poem in the corner text of a page — a deceptively challenging task. Poet Winston Plowes served as guest judge for the contest. Winners netted a cash prize ($100 for first place and $25 for second place) and a one-year subscription to The Found Poetry Review.

JUDGE’S STATEMENT: WINSTON PLOWES

Whilst I have been the judge of poetry competitions before, I have never judged a collection of dog-ear poems. But there again neither has anyone else! People have approached me as the competition unfolded to say “what a great idea”, “I will go home now and find one” only to be thwarted by the difficulty of what seems an easy task. So, Good dog-ears are elusive things and we have to think laterally to unearth them as well as putting the time in.

In a winner, I was looking for something surprising. That certain something that makes you sit up and raises your eyebrows or puts a warm smile on your face. That difficult to describe something that makes poetry, at once so engaging and yet so difficult to tie down, especially in its shorter forms. I was searching for the sustained coherence and imagination within the words of a winning dog-ear poem that would set it apart from the rest.

I had plenty of material from which to make that choice. Including subtle, sensitive poems to those that make a brief but powerful statement. In the winning entries I have chosen, what for me epitomises everything quirky, everything surprising and everything poetic in this new form of the dog-ear. Good dog-ear poems are difficult to find. It seems appropriate therefore that selecting a winner should be equally difficult and due to your fabulous variety of entries it was exactly that. Thank you to all who took the time to enter and congratulations to the winners.

 

FIRST PLACE: “Not Looking at Her” by Kelly Nelson

(Source text: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach)

Not Looking at Her - a dog ear poem by Kelly Nelson
Kelly Nelson‘s poems have appeared recently in Mixed Fruit, Tar River Poetry, Eclectica, Found Poetry Review and the Cancer Poetry Project 2 anthology. She has studied in the summer graduate program at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brandeis University and teaches Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University.

SECOND PLACE: “Rapture” by Wm. Todd King

(Source text: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer)

Rapture - a dog ear poem by William King
Wm. Todd King is a poet and Regulatory Compliance Supervisor living in Kentucky. He is the recent recipient of the Elizabeth Lane Award, and a participant in the 2013 Pulitzer Remix project. His works have appeared in STILL, 4 and 20 Poetry, Life’s Vivid Creations, and Found Poetry Review.

  

RUNNERS UP

Blowhard by Gary Glauber That Night - Janet Dale Traffic - Douglas Luman

BLOWHARD

(Source text: Ravenna by Oscar Wilde)

THAT NIGHT

(Source text: Moments of Being by Virginia Woolf)

TRAFFIC

(Source text: All Hail the New Puritans eds. Nicholas Blincoe and Matt Thorne)

Gary Glauber Janet Dale Douglas Luman

 
 

HONORABLE MENTION

Boarder ecology - Eric Otto Divine Hide and Seek Gratis - Ed Bremson
BORDER ECOLOGY
(Source text: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells)
DIVINE HIDE AND SEEK
(Source text: Life, Paint and Passion by Michele Cassou and Stewart Cubley)
GRATIS
(Source text: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill)
Eric Otto Davis McGlathery Ed Bremson
Out of Space Telling it Slant - Sonja Johanson The Poem Is a Space Casual - Karen Greenbaum Maya
OUT OF SPACE
(Source text: The Great Shadow [and Other Stories] by Mário de Sá-Carneiro)
TELLING IT SLANT
(Source text: The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker]
THE POEM IS A SPACE CASUAL
(Source text: Poetry Journal, October 2013)
Helen Addy Sonja Johanson Karen Greenbaum-Maya
Trepidation about my Rite of Passage - Eric Otto Windy Night - Mary Bast
TREPIDATION ABOUT MY RITE OF PASSAGE
(Source text: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho)
WINDY NIGHT
(Source text: The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty)
Eric Otto Mary Bast