October 2011 VoicesNet.com Poetry Contest Winners Announced

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Congratulations to Joseph Chukwudiegwu Osita of Nigeria. He is the October, 2011 VoicesNet.com Poetry Contest winner.

The winning poem is called "A DYING MAN IN SOMALIA"

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JUDGE COMMENTS: "...A very sad and poignant poem indeed! It is well structured with imagery that burns into the mind. The very first lines are a strong stroke to begin painting the picture of the tragedy to come:

"The stick-like drying bones of my little children
Haunt the tom-tom pulse of my heart."

The poet’s personal association with his work adds significantly to the impact

"I am a dying man in Somalia" completes the sad picture.

Congratulations to the poet for his words that are, in fact, a record of the terrible tragedy that is ongoing in Somalia. A very moving poem indeed."

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2. "RAIN" by Michelle Nguyen of the USA

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JUDGE COMMENTS: "The poet captures the emotions and likens them to Rain very skillfully. The poem flows well and is a very good example of much being said in a few words....a real skill. In the face of shared misery, "I feel your pain cascading all around me"; she ends on a note of hope."

3. "PETE BARNHILL - MY TRIBUTE" by William Willis of Scotland

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JUDGE COMMENTS: "A wonderful tribute written for a wonderful man of courage in his adversity. Pete Barnhill is not as well known as his friend was to become but the poem flows well as it tells the tale of a lasting friendship and kindness shown. The words in the final verse capture it.

"Kindness is a language, that the deaf can hear.

Kindness is a language that the blind can see."

Congratulations to the poet for telling the story of Pete Barnhill who overcame adversity and produced a gift of music that he passed on to his friend, a great man of compassion, Johnny Cash."

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Joseph, the winner, 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 all who participated.

Great Job!

The VoicesNet Team.

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