October 15-21: Katherine Czerwinski, Lisette Alonso and Maggie Westland

This week presenting the winners of the
2012 (15th annual) Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest:

Katherine Czerwinski, Lisette Alonso and Maggie Westland


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Katherine Czerwinski
que_si_@hotmail.com

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Katherine Czerwinski won first place in the 2012 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest. Originally from Chicago, she has lived in Los Angeles for eight years. She completed her first chapbook this summer, Bailarines and Burning Towers, and is at work on her second, Mermaids and Mountain Lions. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is currently applying to MFA programs. Her poetry evokes the rhythm of music and the duality of human nature.

The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by Katherine Czerwinski and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Dangle Mountain

Our arrival in the night was greeted by
bats — their ragged paths,
our crooked lives,
pitched on a slope,
sliding down,
falling off the table,
slanting.

Sleeping outside I’m like cold cuts,
trapped in a canvas tabernacle,
nylon sack throttled,
rocks in my ribs,
ambushed and scruffy.
I awake slipping:
I don’t belong here on an incline,
trying to hang on,
vigilant as prey,
sloping.

I want to wing with the bats — absconding
from caves, escorted
by echoes, wandering
blind on the wind’s whimsy, jagging
through the ultrasonic night.

But in the morning the sun blazes like propane,
and all is awash in glintiness,
and the wandering becomes
weighty, and the wind
heavy, and we’re staked down good into this
tilted ground,
like the tents that didn’t blow away in the night, we’re left leaning.


Lisette Alonso
mrsbear@bellsouth.net

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Lisette Alonso won second place in the 2012 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest. She lives in Hialeah, Florida and is a stay-at-home mother of three and a native South Floridian. She tries to find time to write between loads of laundry and her children’s pleas for attention.

The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by Lisette Alonso and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

The Ways Your Mother Stoned You

First with a handful of pebbles
tossed at the shoreline
in full sun, warm water
lapping your bare toes,
both of you laughing,
smelling of aloe,
swimsuits reflecting noon sky.
Then later with coral,
a giant hunk of jagged rock,
coarse edges once buried,
girth partially concealed.
You wonder how she can lift
something so big to hurl it,
this tiny woman with sagging teeth.
But you see something
in the tight set of her jaw,
in the way her eyes have darkened
from the color of the sea
to the color of silt.
This woman could launch
an entire mountain
from her damp curved palm
and you, blinking cow that you are,
wouldn’t know enough
to move aside.


Maggie Westland
calkypo@gmail.com

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Maggie Westland won third place in the 2012 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest. Shegrew up in Kentucky where she graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing, and an M.D. and daughter, Natasha, from the University of Kentucky. Son Max arrived on the cusp of a Pensacola tornado.Maggie reads the OED for fun, cooks, hikes, swims, travels, and photographs wildflowers and sunsets. Her poetry has appeared in The Guardian Unlimited, Never Bury Poetry, Daybreak, The Forge, Grinnell Review, New South Revue, North Carolina Award Winning Poems, and Mademoiselle. The muse has followed her from Florida to Michigan, North Carolina to Texas, and London, England. A three time Californian, she now resides in Thousand Oaks with her husband Richard. She is a member of the Razor Babes poetry collective.Visit her on the web here: http://www.maggiewestland.com/

The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by Maggie Westland and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Aroma of Magenta

Stir fry this sunset
in hot sweet oil.
Turn quickly
before it sinks.

Steep red onion skins
to blood.
Now, dip one fresh
boiled egg
until ardor turns
in your hand.

Aroma of magenta
could be plum
curried tandoori
vintage Syrah
in cool
bright glass

me, flushed
from touch.