February 2011 VoicesNet.com Poetry Contest Winners Announced

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Congratulations to Stephen John Morrow, of UK. The February, 2011 Free Poetry Contest winner is:

The poem called "Ain’t It Grand"

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JUDGE COMMENTS: " A particularly emotive and poignant poem that cuts into the heart as it reveals the story of young men who excitedly go off to the Great War of 1914-1918...and who never returned. The first verse comes across in good Yorkshire brogue “By they were glad” and it captures their excitement: and in these few words we see these young men so confident and gallant as they catch the train to join up. Then comes the reality of the gruesome horrors of War that the poet has captured with such heart-wrenching skill and emotion that the reader is drawn in to share them with a young soldier as his life ebbs away. The poem flows well from start to finish and by the end of it the reader can only feel grief at the senseless waste of beautiful young lives. Congratulations to the author on his very moving poem. It is a real experience.."
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LIST OF TOP 3 POEMS :

1 Ain’t It Grand


2 Sea Song by Lynne Colgrave of.UK **

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JUDGE COMMENTS: " A delightful, well structured poem that re-creates the author’s past experiences by the sea and the longing she has for them again. The imagery is captivating and the reader is drawn expertly in to these experiences. Good grammar, flow and rhythm throughout make this a delightful poem. All of the five senses are cleverly covered, - sight, sound, feeling, smell and taste, for the reader in this wonderful expression of love for the sea. It turns the reading of it into a sharing of the poet’s experience! Congratulations to the poet for creating such a wonderful poem."

3 The Palaces of Nature by Edward Alan Durand OF Ireland **

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JUDGE COMMENTS: " With excellent imagery in a well constructed poem the poet captures the beauty of nature effortlessly. “and a smile stretches across the land” enchantingly reveals a picture of the land after sunrise. The images the poet’s words bring to the reader’s mind are delightful from start to finish. ..and we are led to agree with that final line “ The kingdom of light reigns in the palaces of nature.” Congratulations must go to the poet for creating this little gem."

Stephen is eligible for a $25 paypal payment if a paypal email address is provided.All poems were read by three independent judges. Each judge could reward a star to a poem that was read if they thought it was 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 then choose the top poems. Thanks again to everybody. Great Job!

The VoicesNet Team.

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