The 11th Annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest pulled in 286 entries this year, and the top three pieces are published in the Spring 2013 issue of Open Minds Quarterly (honorable mentions to be published in the Fall issue). “This contest,” writes the editor, “in preliminary estimates, raised just over $600 for Open Minds Quarterly, and we thank each and every one of our entrants for your support. We thank our judges,too, for their dedication, sensitivity and wisdom in selecting the winners.
The following is a passage from the first place poem, “With My Daughter Comes Autumn” by Kristin Roedell of Lakewood, Washington:
In the front of the house the leaves
of the Japanese maple have fallen;
you rake the last of them into the drain.
The garden is full of you; snails
leave a glistening trail like the slick
feel of your head when it crowned,
the wind separates clumped grass
into smooth strands the way I braid
your hair. . .
Second place goes to Tyler Gabrysh of Victoria, British Columbia for “A Difficult Showering,” and third place goes to Sterling Haynes of West Kelowna, British Columbia for “Down…East Hastings Street – Vancouver, BC.”