2012 Garden Show Winner

We are thrilled to announce that the Best of Show for our 2012 Poetry Garden Show is Nora Nadjarian’s “The Name”.

We would also like to recognize the following poems, which received Honorable Mention from the judges:

Many thanks to our Poetry Editor, Rose Auslander for running the Show. Heaps of additional thanks go to our panel of judges:

We hope you have enjoyed this poetic event. We certainly have:-)

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2012 Garden Show Finalists

The judges’ comments are in and we can now reveal the 10 poems that are the finalists for our 2012 Garden Show. Please note that the judges compiled this list based on anonymous readings of the poems. The Best of Show winner (along with its video) and three four Honorable Mentions will be announced at the stroke of midnight (Pacific/CA time) on 1 July 2012, here on this blog.

The finalists are:

The editors and judges would like to thank all the poets who entered work in the Garden Show. We enjoyed watching unFold bloom throughout the month of May.

Away With the Numb Mask

And after the day is done,
I seek after you,
For a peony vision, circling
Above us both, storm of lavender

We twist the sheets in this way
And bring our daily convulsions
To a rest, in one another.

© 2012, Ben Nardolilli

Also find Ben Nardolilli’s work in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Caper Literary Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Grey Sparrow Journal, & Pear Noir.

Nothing Else to Trouble Us

The earth is even now,
And the winds blow back with me,
With such warm breath,

Gently untying coats, removing
Gloves from hands, and everywhere
The world is covered in sweet

Soft flames, this is a place
For my beloved and I.

© 2012, Ben Nardolilli

Ben Nardolilli has a chapbook published by Folded Word, Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained. You may also find his work in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Caper Literary Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Grey Sparrow Journal, & Pear Noir.