The quality of work submitted was extremely high which made judging very difficult. Our guest judge, Nancy Pagh, commented that she enjoyed every single poem. All sixteen selected finalists will be published. Her choices are:
“Finding Randy in Window Creek”— Cameron Aveson
“The Perfect Sentence”—Cameron Aveson
“Chicken Day”—Hannah Oberman-Breindel
“I Would Have Had Some Other Version of You, That’s All”—Valarie Jonas
“Banishment at Noon”—Tina Schumann
“Bonnard Remembers Marthe in Evening Light”—Mary Jo Balistreri
“Aesop’s Table”—Deborah Doolittle
“The Produce and Me”—Matthew Guenette
“Bootlaces Stay Tight”—Sky Joiner
“Cemetery of Glass”—Greg Nicholl
“Watching a Gull at Cannon Beach”—Linda Strever
“The Fitting”—Jeanne Wagner
“Don’t Bring Yourself, Just Gifts”—Jody Zorgdrager
“Why So Many Poets Commit Suicide”—Jody Zorgdrager
Congratulations to all of the selected poets. And to all of our participants, keep writing those wonderful poems and thank you for supporting our nonprofit independent literary journal. We greatly appreciate your entries.
Look for all these poems in Crab Creek Review 2011, Vol.I.
And, special thanks to our wonderful poetry editor, Lana Hechtman Ayers.