Write Wing Publishing takes great pleasure in announcing CAROL ALEXANDER of New York, NY as the winner of the 2014 Poetry Prize for her poem Piazza San Marco, 1980. Carol has been awarded $50.00, and her poem is published in the brand-new anthology Through A Distant Lens: Travel Poems.
Here is the photograph used for the anthology cover art:
This is from a mural on the wall at Small Town Coffee in Kapa'a, Kauai -- if you get the chance, stop in and try their fantastic breakfast bagels.
What a difficult task: to choose one winner from among dozens of graceful, eloquent, inspiring, funny, evocative, etc. etc. poems -- the experience caused me to re-think the morality of giving a cash prize at all. So many of the poems published in this book are deserving of notice and reward. However, when I called Carol on the phone to give her the good news, she quickly vanquished my inner arguments against prize-giving. She said something along the lines of, here I sit, writing all these poems, and wondering am I just talking to myself here? I know on the occasions when I have been paid for my writing, it is sweet vindication for all those hours of brainstorming, drafting, revising, proofreading -- well, you all know the drill.
Congratulations, Carol -- and congratulations to all 46 of the poets who are published in this exciting new volume, now available from CreateSpace at: https://www.createspace.com/4394067