2011 SUMMER STORM BROADSIDE CONTEST WINNERS

The contest called for poems pertaining to summer and storms. All kinds of poems were welcome--whimsical, elegiac, narrative, experimental.

The winner is Caroline Knapp of Fort Collins, Colorado, for her poem "August Partita."

Special recognition goes to William S. Hubbartt of Schertz, Texas, for his poem "New Experiences."

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august partita

to take in hand
any of the one things—
some beat. the air
this met season thins
and rises columnar turns
on itself. to let and
let falling the loose
net queerly permissive
now. all this is air
's action. weaves
as light in waves
sight through seines
an ache skin knows. a
corded processional. a
lattice leaf lain on
touch. what will
pull through next.
reckon the odd caw.
lack that spreads.

~Caroline Knapp

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New Experiences

Life is full of new experiences.
We tried a new Thai place for lunch.
Sitting there I glanced at the TV in the corner.
Between coverage of a Chinese earthquake and a Burmese cyclone
words scrolling along the bottom of the screen caught my eye.
Someone is trying to get the Purple Heart approved for vets with PTSD.
I mention this to my wife,
and suddenly,
she weeps.
That’s never happened before.
Life is full of new experiences.

~William S. Hubbartt


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