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RESULTS OF THE 2016
GeminiMAGAZINE
POETRY OPEN
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FIRST PLACE ($1,000 PRIZE):

NANDI COMER
"Gentle (Calling Your Name)"

SECOND PLACE ($100 PRIZE):

JONATHAN GREENHAUSE
"It's just another day in a
state-sponsored democracy"

HONORABLE MENTION ($25 each):

LEE VARON
"Letter to a Pedophile #1"

BRENNAN DeFRISCO
"Produce"

SALLY VOGL
"After Reading a New Student's Medical Report"

BETH MILLS
"Waiting"

NOTABLE POEMS:

"Ambulatory Schizophrenia" Gene Fendt
"How to develop an aversion to
bright sunny days" Ann Kaiser
"Jersey Gulls" William Derge
"Reflection" Emma Coffman
"Winter Moon" Ruth Troughton
"Rifle" Michael Baldwin
"The Bomb-Maker's Last Bomb" Jack Vian

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in this
year's competition. Reading and evaluating close to
3,000 poems was an exhausting yet exhilarating
process. I believe we have found some special poems.
Kudos to our amazing
readers for their insight and
dedication. We will begin taking entries for our seventh
annual Poetry Open in early September.

David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2015
GeminiMAGAZINE
POETRY OPEN
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FIRST PLACE ($1,000 PRIZE):

GENE FENDT
"Water"

SECOND PLACE ($100 PRIZE):

GERRY McFARLAND
"Code Blue"

HONORABLE MENTION ($25 each):

RICHARD G. HAGEN
"The Letter Opener"

KATHY PELL
"Flying South"

JOHN BRANTINGHAM
"Coyote Blood"

FRED McILMOYLE
"Apocalypse"

NOTABLE POEMS:
"Mr. Avocado Man" (Joanne Jagoda), "Laundry" (Donna
Spector), "We Sing of Dreams" (W.J. Burns), "Noise"
(James O. Kelly), "Ballroom" (Jamie Lynn Millard),
"Grief" (Kim Garcia), "Shadow World" (Barbara Tate),
"The Liquidators" (Jonathan Travelstead), "Family
Detention Center: New Mexico Border" (Renny Golden)

A sincere THANK YOU to all who entered and to our
wonderful
staff for helping us find the gems. Look for
our sixth annual Poetry Open in early September. In
the meantime, keep writing!

David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2014
GeminiMAGAZINE
POETRY OPEN
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FIRST PLACE ($1,000 PRIZE):

SUSAN MILLER
"When Do I Pray?"

SECOND PLACE ($100 PRIZE):

SARA BACKER
"Strip"

HONORABLE MENTION ($25 each):

DAVID HOLPER "The Bridge"

ROSALIND BRENNER "Storm"

SARAH COLBY "Embarkation for War"

CAROL SEITCHIK "Tel Aviv: a Portrait"

NOTABLE POEMS: "Madame X," Lauren K. Alleyne;
"Drop-Off," Michael Milburn; "Bite," Sandra Weyant;
"Last Planet from the Sun," Leland James; "Written on
a Copyright Page," Julia Older; "Vodka on the Rocks,"
Brant Welty; "Indefusible Molotov Device," Jack Vian;
"The Mammogram," Patricia McConnell; "Cape
Breton," Hannah Loeb; "Roadside Stand: Highway 33,"
J.D. Blair; "Oyster Point Marina (November)," Jerold
Zell; "Editing a Failed Poem," Justin Naylor; "The city
of Washington does not have you in mind tonight
(apologies to Deborah Landau)," Peter Dugan

Poetry is NOT dead! We received upwards of 2,700
poems this year, so many of them alive and full of
emotion. Thanks to all who entered. It was a pleasure
to read your work! Thanks also to our amazing
readers!
Our fifth annual Poetry Open runs from early
September through January 2.

Keep writing!

David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2013
GeminiMAGAZINE
POETRY OPEN
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1ST PLACE ($1,000 PRIZE):

LEONORE HILDEBRANDT
“Rock Me”

2ND PLACE ($100 PRIZE):

KENDAL PRIVETTE
“for a girl, unknown”

3RD PLACE ($50 PRIZE):

LETITIA MONTGOMERY-RODGERS
“Swagger (God hollas at Mary)”

HONORABLE MENTION ($25 each):

CHELLIS GLENDINNING  
“Outlaw”

JULIA OLDER  “Likewise”

PAULA C. BRANCATO  “Stoop”

NOTABLE POEMS: “Other Americas (in a Haibun),”
Ellaraine Lockie; “Overqualified,” Cindy Rosmus;
“Thanks for Giving,” Carla Thompson; “The Ballad of
John Collier,” Jane Elkin; “Women Who Love
Truckers,” Tom Reynolds; “Ways In Which I
Remember You,” Christine Amezquita; “In Our Formica
Scullery,” Marina Kharkover; “On the Road in
Maharashtra,” Elizabeth A. Gibson; “Vacationing in the
Pacific,” Gary Arthur; “Bourbon Street,” Jerold Zell;
“East Bay Stand Down,” Michael Pearce; “Shoshone
Winter,” Cal Lewis

We were amazed at the beauty and power of so many
of the poems we received. It was a joy to read them.
They have enriched our lives. THANK YOU to all who
entered. We begin taking entries for the next Poetry
Open in early September.

Best wishes,

David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2012
GeminiMAGAZINE
POETRY OPEN
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1ST PLACE ($1,000 PRIZE):

SHERYL MEBANE
“Renga for an Absent Lover”

2ND PLACE ($100 PRIZE):

GERARDO MENA
“A Nursing Home Boxer
to a High School Volunteer”

3RD PLACE ($50 PRIZE):

CHRISTINA LOVIN  
"11/11/11"

HONORABLE MENTION:

JENDI REITER
"Depression Is My Happy Place"

RUSS DICKERSON  "What the Fuck?"

AURORA M. LEWIS  "Morris' Magic"

NOTABLE POEMS: “Hemet’s Wildcat Oil Well,” Jean
Thurston Liebert; “Real Doctor,” Cal Lewis, M.D.;
“Martin,” Nash J. Lundquist; “If I Leave You,” Sharon
Rogoff; “After the Mastectomy,” Megan Peak; “Chance
Meeting,” Lawrence Kessenich; “Liminal,” Tatiana
Forero Puerta; “Jap Camp,” Caroline Zarlengo Sposto;
“La Niña,” Ruth Goring; “New Year’s Cleaning,” Mara
Buck; “He Told Me,” Sarah Ghoshal; “Victory Dance,
1945,” Nick Sweet; “Ashes,” Gail Eisenhart; “Swift,”
Jane Schneeloch; “The Last House,” Betty Jameson;
“Who’s Gonna…?” by Deborah Valianti; “I Have Risked
Enchantment (title stolen from Lawrence Ferlinghetti),”
Marie Chambers; “Why the Willow Weeps,” Stanley
Modrak, and “The Last Wildflower,” Don Shook.

A sincere THANKS to all who entered.
It was an honor to read your work. Look for the next
Poetry Open in early September.

Best,

David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2011
GeminiMAGAZINE
POETRY OPEN
Nothing I write in this space could be as powerful as
the winning poems themselves. So here they are:

1ST PLACE ($1,000 PRIZE):

DAVID MOHAN  
"The Lazarus Dream"

2ND PLACE ($100 PRIZE):

MAB JONES  
"The Three Coats"

3RD PLACE ($50 PRIZE):

BILL MARABLE  
"Epiphany at the Arab Store"

HONORABLE MENTION:

LESLIE KING  
"Missile"

SMOKEY MILES  "When Jesus Came to Hollywood"

STEPHEN JOSEPH  "The Hypocrite and the Orphanage"

Noteworthy poems include "Rage," by Heather Miller;
"The Atelier in Winter," by Micah Herzog Stack; "On
Fifth Avenue," by Alice Jay; "Michael," by Aurora M.
Lewis;  "Divorce Attorney," by Edyt Dickstein; "Nana,"
by Bonnie West, and "Final Push," by quicksand3005.

Look for the next Poetry Open in early September.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Best wishes,

David Bright, Editor
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