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THE HERON’S NEST READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS
VOLUME XII — 2010

 

The Editors and Web Master of The Heron’s Nest are pleased to announce the results of the Readers’ Choice Awards for favorite poems and poets featured in Volume XII, 2010.

Seventy-six voters provided us with their top ten poems from Volume XII. We are very grateful indeed that so many readers took the time to revisit the 485 eligible poems we published last year and made their top selections known to us.

The print edition of Volume XII, to be mailed in April, will include the contents of all four quarterly issues, the entire awards report, with commentary, a section of special mention poems, and a generous sample of comments by readers on individual poems and on the voting process, plus winning entries from the illustration contest. For information on how to order, please visit http://www.haikupoet.com/nest/journal/.

And now on to the results!



FAVORITE POEMS

Grand Prize: POEM OF THE YEAR (14 votes totaling 97 points)

campfire sparks —
someone outside the circle
starts another song
            - Billie Wilson (June Issue)

 


First Runner-up: (12 votes totaling 92 points)

fishing village
a rumor of blues running
through the café

           - Jim Kacian (March issue)


Second Runner-up: (9 votes totaling 62 points)

winter stars
the fishing holes
left behind
           - Yu Chang (September issue)


Third Runner-up: (11 votes totaling 58 points)

steady downpour
a Forever stamp
on the condolence card
           - Billie Wilson (September issue)

 

Other popular poems:

50 points: "near the mountain top-"
- Gary Hotham - December
47 points: "cloudburst"
- Susan Constable - March
47 points: "no way out"
- LeRoy Gorman - March
47 points: "expanding universe"
- Dietmar Tauchner - March
46 points: "the day begins"
- George Swede - December
45 points: "bee season"
- Kirsty Karkow - September
45 points: "north wind"
- Christopher Patchel - December
43 points: "chicken wire"
- Yu Chang - December
43 points: "what's left of my faith"
- Billie Wilson - June
42 points: "ragged clouds"
- Robert Epstein - December
41 points: "wintering"
- Hilary Tann - March
40 points: "wordless"
- Chen-ou Liu - December
40 points: "horsetail clouds-"
- Chad Lee Robinson - June
40 points: "what we don't speak of-"
- Melissa Spurr - September
39 points: "winter sun . . ."
- Michael McClintock - March

Altogether, 318 poems garnered points.

 




POPULAR POETS

This category represents the total number of points awarded each poet for their entire body of work in Volume XII. The most poems an individual can have accepted in The Nest each year is eight. Obviously, the more poems a person publishes, the greater chances he or she has of attracting votes. One poet had eight poems published during 2010 and one had seven. Seven poets had six poems published.

To put into perspective how well the winners did: the average total points for combined works this year was 24.

 


GRAND PRIZE: POET OF THE YEAR (37 total votes for 7 of 8 poems = 225 points)

Billie Wilson

 

First Runner-up: (21 total votes for 5 of 5 poems = 153 points)

Yu Chang


Second Runner-up: (21 votes for 4 of 4 poems = 129 points)

Chad Lee Robinson


Third Runner-up: (22 votes for 5 of 5 poems = 111 points)

George Swede



We would also like to commend the following poets for garnering well over the average total point score of 24:

Jim Kacian : (2 of 2 poems received votes totaling 104 points)

Carolyn Hall : (5 of 6 poems received votes totaling 95 points)

Melissa Spurr : (4 of 5 poems received votes totaling 92 points)

Hilary Tann : (4 0f 5 poems received votes totaling 88 points)

Christopher Herold : (6 of 7 poems received votes totaling 86 points)

paul m. : (5 of 6 poems received votes totaling 83 points)

Gary Hotham : (3 of 4 poems received votes totaling 79 points)

James Chessing : (2 of 3 poems received votes totaling 77 points)

Greg Piko : (4 of 4 poems received votes totaling 77 points)

Christopher Patchel : (3 of 3 poems received votes totaling 69 points)

Dietmar Tauchner : (3 of 3 poems received votes totaling 68 points)

LeRoy Gorman : (2 of 5 poems received votes totaling 67 points)

Francine Banwarth : (4 of 5 poems received votes totaling 60 points)

Kirsty Karkow : (3 of 5 poems received votes totaling 56 points)

Chen-ou Liu : (2 of 4 poems received votes totaling 56 points)

Bill Kenney : (4 of 4 poems received votes totaling 55 points)

Fay Aoyagi : (4 of 5 poems received votes totaling 53 points)

Alan S. Bridges : (4 of 5 poems received votes totaling 47 points)

Susan Constable : (1 of 4 poems received votes totaling 47 points)

Curtis Dunlap : (3 of 4 poems received votes totaling 47 points)

Michael McClintock : (4 of 4 poems received votes totaling 47 points)

Tyrone McDonald : (2 of 2 poems received votes totaling 47 points)


Altogether, 172 poets received votes.

Congratulations to all contributors to Volume XII. It has been our very good fortune being honored to publish some of your best work!

John Stevenson

 

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