Imagine hundreds of photos of magnetic poems.
Poems of all shapes and sizes and lengths; poems arranged on
refrigerators, poems arranged on table tops, poems arranged on knitted
scarves, poems arranged on piles of yarn.
Interweave judges, each with their own favorites. There were spirited
discussions. There was spirited waving about of printed out poetry.
There was spirited reading aloud of one's favorites in order to drown
out the voices of the other judges.
Yeah, baby. Whoever said poetry was for the meek and mild has never judged a poetry contest.
We finally came up with our three top prize winners, and here they are!
First Prize: Angela Lane!
of the poems would win fame and glory, but in the end, only one poem
would be immortalized in a mitten pattern for all to see. And that
mitten-worthy poem--our First Prize Winner--is by Angela Lane of Vidalia, Georgia! Her poem was a hauntingly rhythmic refrain, one that could easily be the Knitter's Mantra.
poem is being worked into a custom knitting chart for a new set of
Poetry Mittens; we will have one of our knitters here knit up the
mittens and send them to her as soon as they are done. The pattern will
be available for sale in the Knitting Daily store as soon as all that
Second Prize: Staci Perry
Second Prize goes to...Staci Perry of Austin, Texas. Staci's poem
was a lovely, succinct, rhythmic poem that spoke to our hearts
and our shared passion for the craft.
Third Prize: Denise Lotter
On to our Third Place Winner! This poem, by Denise Lotter of Anaheim
Hills, California, is the best of the many haiku we received.
Fourth Prize: Debra Warstler (Best Presentation)
judging was pretty heated, even when we had narrowed it down to just a
few. In order to appease certain, uh, factions (namely, the person who
kept ending every sentence with "But the SHEEP poem, that one is soo
cute that it has to win something. C'mon, folks: the SHEEP poem!!") we
added a fourth prize winner in a special category: Presentation.
Fourth Prize, the prize for Best Presentation, went to the
prettiest-to-look-at-poem, which is entitled "Sheep" and is by Debra
Warstler of Canton, Ohio.
Congratulations to Angela, Staci, Debra and Denise! You
should be very proud of yourself, considering how tough the competition
was. And thank you to all the poets who participated, making this such
a fun contest to judge!
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