Refugee sproutings across the Continental

by Mike Keo
First Place, May 2007
Judged by Bryan Appleyard


let us find refuge in
unabashed love;

the crescent blade
tucked against your waist
held like an organ for self flight;

my sac of collected mango pits
I planted for redemption but never sprout
fruits in this land of many winters;

let us pawn them all in for;

tears and honey,
hummingbirds and misfortune,
naga and lock gates,

so we may one day burrow our hands so
deep into a furious hive of dashes and discomfort

that we are fortunate enough
to understand what hold

the spirit is not war and calls to home,

but a monsoon of poetry & weeps
that fastens the mouth

sweet like a Mekong vernacular
sticky with the weight of America’s

orange blossom.

A poem with genuine originality that seems at ease with itself - it is not straining for expression. The rhythm insinuates itself into your mind and the imagery is cleverly restrained. --Bryan Appleyard

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      You Arrive Like Fall, Suddenly
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      Second Place

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      by Jim Doss
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      Third Place

      by J.J. Williamson

      Honorable Mention

      When I Go Out and Then Come Back
      by Guy Kettelhack
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      by Jim Doss
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      Second Place

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      by Midnight Moon
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      Third Place

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      by Paul A. Freeman
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