Sharp images and skillful diction pull this poem forward in a well-crafted metaphor of trains and time.
A succinct poem packed with just enough nostalgia to make it charming, along with a skillful combination of interesting narration and lyricism.
A gardening poem on the surface, there’s layered meaning in its soil. Expert diction and phrasing lead to an ending that delivers in one of the best literary love poems around.
“. . . living again in the root of an onion / that never knew my name."
This poem speaks eloquently of those rejected for their essential birthrights. Image-rich metaphors reliably drive this poem to a powerful conclusion.
And now for something completely different! An engaging tale of a talk show where the guest laughs last, and the last lines present an unexpectedly sharp edge. A skillful narrative delight.
An intriguing scenario with crisp writing, careful diction, and the juxtaposition of the sacred with the mundane.
An honest and absorbing look at family structure and “negative capability,” this poem is tightly knit with undercurrent sound and fury.
The depth and maturity of these poems comes through powerfully in every carefully wrought line and perfect word choice. All the fine mechanics of poetry are in place, along with the slippery magic that can’t be taught.
A caustic jab at the way we distance ourselves from death (and from the death of children in particular). The subtle horror of this poem is pervasive and disturbing. Fine diction and imagery.
Whimsical but carefully built, this poem plays masterfully with sound and language. Its quick weaving of the passage of time leads the reader on an energetic adventure in words, images, and meaning.
In a similar vein, this poet creates wordplay in three parts. What poet can’t relate to the diction disorder we all share? Clever word choices with layered meanings and innuendoes.
A unique portrayal of the nightlife of an insomniac written in expertly crafted lines. This poem is flush with brilliant imagery.
Skillful, brave writing that is multi-layered in sound and meaning. An unusual and thought-provoking manipulation of the theme of death.
An exquisite prose poem leads us through the bloom and fade of love and chemistry. A divinely purposeful arrangement of words.
This dynamic work employs superb diction, sound, and imagery. A compelling first line delivers us to a poem body and ending that remain equally powerful.
A creative, well-sustained metaphor underpinned with pleasing musical phrasing. This excellent poem offers a poignant vignette of how a backseat daughter just might view her mother.
Embark upon a wonderful prose poem journey with true rhythm and steady metaphor–beautifully crafted and convincing, biking spins through every nuance.
A short but delightful language excursion containing expert diction, imagery, and sound. Enjoy this rare poetic appetizer that begs for more.
This poem casts a strong visual image and a probing social question with precise diction and phrasing. Like a perfect photograph, it tells much in concise stanzas and, best of all, makes us look and think beyond it.
An adeptly constructed view of free-spirited children on a holiday, this poem shifts, by the second stanza, to a fresh surprise. Superb use of resonant sound throughout.
Beautiful imagery and liquid sounds twine through the lines of this poem, offering a marked focus on the stark beauty of a tragic event. Intriguing diction and skillful composition.
Sometimes less really is more, especially in poetry. Exquisite sound and rhythm abound in a small space, and every word is worth its weight in . . . a pot of gold.