January 2010 Poetry Contest Winner Announced

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Congratulations to Rita Janice Traub of the U.S.A.!

The January 2010 Free Poetry Contest winner is:

The poem called "TREE OF HEAVEN" by Rita Janice Traub of the U.S.A.

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JUDGE COMMENTS: "The poet draws us into the life and death of the ailanthus tree with impressive skill. We follow its growth and resilience in the face of nature's adversity, and mourn its passing, through the hands of man, with the author. Punctuation and grammar are excellent. Her use of imagery is compelling. It flows effortlessly to its powerful conclusion. Excellent read. Congratulations."

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LIST OF TOP 3 POEMS :

1. TREE OF HEAVEN by Rita Janice Traub of the U.S.A. - WINNER **
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2. THE WOMAN, THE HORSE. by Patricia Dodd of Ireland - **
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JUDGE COMMENTS: "A compelling, and very creative poem that unites the beauty of horse and woman. Beautiful imagery. Good grammar and flow with a punchline finish. The poet’s love of horses flows out from her words and their strength and beauty paints with seeming effortlessness to reveal the strength and beauty in Woman. Well done."

3. FANTASIES OF A FRACTURED HEART by Mercedes Celeste Rothwell of the U.S.A. **
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JUDGE COMMENTS: "Very creative....with a surprise ending that makes the poem a delightful read. Grammar is good. Rhyme and rythme are smooth and it flows well. It’s originality makes this little poem a real gem. Well done."

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Rita is eligible for a $25 PayPal payment if a PayPal email address is provided.

All poems were read by three independent judges. Each judge awarded one star to each poem that he or she considered a top poem. All poems that received one or more stars from the judges were then classified as finalists. The finalists were then read and reviewed again in a final round of judging to choose the top poems.

A special thanks to all of the VoicesNet literary judges and to everybody who participated.

The VoicesNet Team.

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