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There may occasionally be one or more additional poems that receive an Honorable Mention. This will not necessarily be awarded every week, but when awarded, the poet(s) will receive a $10 cash prize, sent via PayPal to the user's registered e-mail address. All Winners and Honorable Mentions will be eligible to be included in future print anthologies.
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Each week's winner will be selected by Poetry Nook's editorial staff within seven days of contest end. Contest winners can be found in the Contest Winners forum; Honorable Mentions can be found in the Honorable Mentions forum.

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Monday, April 17, 2017 to Monday, April 24, 2017
Contest type: 
Poetry contest
Poem Name Submitted By Likes Comments
a fanatic’s face FABIYAS M V 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Thousand Reflections Imon Shrabana 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Seal Kevin Cowdall 2 1 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
By the Numbers Mary Soon Lee 1 1 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Wild Gods DavidKM 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
the new traditions Jonathan May 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
The Bar Girl Che Sara Sara 2 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
The Pathetic Fallacy MHPayne 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Who Am I? Niko15 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Life goes on and on hadiaaziz12 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Nail Ails wolfe1965 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Independence Julia Tannenbaum 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Words Like Waves kellycassie 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Death in Suburbia Ryan Stone 2 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Shades of dark hiraeth94 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
A Psalm for the Soul Abdul Malik Mandani 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Words At 2 AM Marty W 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
In Other Words, Freedom Maria Stadnicka 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Shh! AMDiPlacido 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Ripples K. S. Dearsley 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
The Satirical Definition of a Poem Lydian 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Reservoir No. 6 Miles T. Ranter 3 2 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Anticipation and Possibility goldenfygg 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Sleepers markdanowsky 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Insomnia lugnes 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Where the Wild Things Are JMFernandez 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
October Night adolzlane 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Epiphany srijeeta ray 1 1 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Plataan / Sycamore (Afrikaans) Fjördlý 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
The Untamable beast cripplingdepression 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Shadow Light Bruce Boston 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Plantation's Corn Stillwriting 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Half-truths Elizabeth 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Old man's knees Chris Brunette 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Felus Catus LynneViti 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Sending Out Roots TerezP 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Offspring trishhopkinsonpoet 2 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
rising blue Frank Prem 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Accidents & Emergencies cartervance 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Blackberries sonjajohanson 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
One by One poemcatcher123 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
In My Sleep Will E. Wrightmoor 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
This Morning, A White Mare RT Castleberry 2 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
For Wendy Darling kzk 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Cherries Clive Collins 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
How Something Breaks sarahdickensonsnyder 2 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
If Only Icarus Knew C Bottas 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Flower proiti 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
The Clicker Clack Man Tsuchigari 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
A Homeless Woman Cleans Her Nails SJLuke 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Never Land wei 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
nerves never lead to anything except shaking hands and sloppy footing holdenlyric 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
The Flowers Grow Pendecardiel 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
"Wishbone in Moonglow" mary. 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
American Way darkernature 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
In some near Bolaji T Othniell 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Take Me There Sayantika Mandal 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Nightfall After Trump's Election dwalker8508 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
L'hitraot Quiltpoet 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Resurrection Ram Krishna Singh 1 1 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
The Way We Are Now stevieslaw 1 1 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Playing with Words (or if I could write a love letter) Mystical_Mark 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
The Cruelest Month Joan Colby 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Anniversary Coffee mmaddoxh 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Existential Consequential DonBeukes 1 1 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
10:51, Evening slingingwords 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Are these the words? Owen Tilley 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Of Night Rhonda Rieck-Rush 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Heal Me Slowly HibahShabkhez 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
World of Trouble jdbabwe 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
I lost summer somewhere Sarah Russell 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Revelation 16:16 noahfarb 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Two Sisters lakecat 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
no solution danagasta 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
THE CODICIL john foy lord 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
The Silent motherof9 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Deep End Mypoetryexpress 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
The Admiral Apprentice SerenitySavage 1 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Happiness In A Jar Alaskan Vogue 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Industria KatieClarke 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Trapped MaryMcG 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Hard Work Pays Off abigailmcdade 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]
Recipient Unknown Sarah Nichols 0 0 [field_honorable_mention][field_winner]


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Elegy for Syria this is the covenant of Death this is the sacred brutality of holocausts titanium Daggers screaming screeching hurtling across the blue seas of red released into streets the gleam of flames reflecting off the shattered glass lying in the road the call to prayer retains its Efficacy supplicants shuffling among exploded Everything holiness they see through rubble to the ruins of Mecca see stars through the Smoke they can hear Allah over the explosions; “Be not afraid,” He soothes, “Soon your Suffering will end.” the same Prayers they will mutter with a last gasping Breath the City is on fire the children Are on fire