raven

by Doug Pugh
The Write Idea
Second Place (tie), August 2020
Judged by Ron Singer


horn nibbed, auger and augury
a little black number
is its only dress

and more than one
in a gathering
is simply
murder


This is a poet’s poem: economy (23 words), sharp description (“horn nibbed”), an original conceit, the raven-as-vamp: “a little black number,” “simply murder”), even a bit of sound play (“auger and augury”). --Ron Singer

  • July 2021 Winners

    • First Place

      The Three Fates
      by Laurie Byro
      The Waters

      Second Place

      If I Needed Someone
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

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  • June 2021 Winners

    • First Place

      Longfellow’s Wife
      by Ken Ashworth
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      Second Place

      In My Next Life I Want to Return as an Animal
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      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      A Windy Walk
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea