Musée de la Résistance – Vaucluse

by Adam Elgar
The Writer's Block
Honorable Mention, October 2008
Judged by Hélène Cardona and John Fitzgerald


(Lavez les épluchures de pommes de terre, les jeter dans l’huile
bouillante. C’est aussi bien que les vraies frites.

Wartime advice on food economy, 1942 — from a newspaper on display
in the museum)

In truth it nobly celebrates defeat,
confronts the shame by putting it on show,
tells later generations how deceit
seeps into victims’ veins, makes sure we know

that victors try to put a price on air
and claim there never was a word for ‘free’.
Starvation is the trump card. Pommes de terre:
prochaine distribution — mardi.

It’s all about the lies that people tell
to keep themselves afloat till truth comes back.
When brutal fact says il n’y a plus de lait

you have to come up with a counter-spell,
revive the rage that we complacent lack.



  • March 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      Cuttlefish
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Second Place

      Wings
      by Bernard Henrie
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      gutterball
      by Brenda Morisse
      Wild Poetry Forum

  • February 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      Nebraska, Summer
      by Greta Bolger
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Goldback Fern
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      Negotiatin’ Wi Demons (For wee Rabbie Burns)
      by John J. Williamson
      PenShells