The winner of  the 2012 Summer Chapbook Contest is Judith Saunders of Fishkill, New York, for her chapbook  Willful Shapes and Fractious Lines.

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Mondrian’s Composition #10

Exhausted by his own geometry
in Compositions 1 through 9,
Mondrian left much undone in 10 . . .
edges missing, boundaries undrawn
. . .  color half-heartedly assigned
to scattered squares (small and few
and inconsequential).  Plainly dispirited,
he abandoned his design, walked away
from this study in unfinished business.
No doubt he meant to return, define
a subject, delineate a theme.
One day soon, perhaps, we may visit
the museum to find that Mondrian,
now rested and restored to his passion
for precision, has roused himself
to action overnight, applied himself
anew to Number 10—extending lines,
completing frames, closing up boxes
of empty space, opening big, bold windows
into worlds of red, or yellow, or blue.

~Judith Saunders

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