Sol Magazine
February 2001 Edition

Sol Magazine © 2001
Our topics touch a variety of subjects about nature and the nature of humanity.  The purpose of our all volunteer organization is to educate poets, and to foster the reading and writing of short poetry.  We are not a vanity press.  Not every poem submitted will be published.  We are a family magazine.  Do not advocate the use of alcohol or drugs in your poetry then ask us to consider your work.  Please read our monthly rules before sending us your work.

PART FOUR of the Poet Laureate Competition is in progress.   If you have won 1st place in any of our previous contests, you are welcome to enter.


GLOSSARY - by Betty Ann Whitney, Assistant Editor

February:  Strophic Turning

SPOTLIGHT  - by Paula M. Bentley, Assistant Editor

February:  "My Soul In Poetry" - An Interview with Beverly Forbes

ON THE WEB  - by Craig Tigerman, Lead Editor

February:  The National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc.


  • WELCOME:  Katie-Anne Gustafsson, Deborah P. Kolodji, Louie Levy, Michelle Marincel, Katherine Swarts, Andrew Verrett.


    From Candace A. York, Austin, TX:  I have worked as a technical writer for twenty-three years, but nothing has given me as much pleasure as receiving recognition for my poems.  Thank you for providing a forum for emerging poets.  I found the judge's comments on my poem and on those of the other entrants to be both interesting and instructive, worth the effort (of) submitting.  It's like taking a short class.

    From Marsha Steed, Citrus Heights, CA:  I have enjoyed my association with you, and the wonderful plethora of poetry shared via your site and magazine.  I have many times refound my muse simply because of the timely suggestion of your contests.  Your efforts always help me learn more and stretch further.  My thanks.


    JUDGES:  Fletcher and Janet Parker

    If a poet added a bit of romance to the writing, great, but first and foremost this contest was about the pleasures of Hot Chocolate, the drink.  From the judges: Who would have thought hot chocolate could be described in so many interesting and varied ways, all in Cinquain form.  Although limited in form, these poets were not limited in imagination and expression.  A most delightful experience to judge these marvelous creations.


    Hot Chocolate Pleasures

    Not too
    Hot.  Not too cold
    With hint of cinnamon
    Wrist-tested on bare skin for your

    Lynette Bowen, League City, TX
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  This poet certainly made this mouth-watering.  A real pleasure to share.
    EDITOR'S COMMENTS:  Reveals the process beautifully and concisely.
    Chocolate Cosmetic

    First shallow slurp
    Both cautious and noisy
    Warm sweet cocoa foam dispatches

    Warner D. Conarton, Zephyrhills, FL
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Good description of the joys and sounds of drinking hot chocolate.

    Mugs of
    Hot Chocolate
    Followed by kisses are
    A sneaky way to get your love
    To stay

    Lois Lay Castiglioni, Galveston, TX
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  A unique way to get love to stay. Cute and enticing.
    FIRST PLACE - Winner of a flip book: "The Shape of the Heart," by Nancy Ryan, and "The Size of the World," by Aline Soules.


    Hot chocolate
    Friends talked for hours of love
    World politics and how to grow

    Kay Lay Earnest, Smyrna, GA

    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  A vivid description of friends sharing a delightful drink and lively conversation.

    Oh, my!
    Hot chocolate!
    Such a sweet addition.
    I do enjoy this affliction...

    Milton Earnest, Smyrna, GA
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Hershey's would love this.  A yum poem.
    EDITOR'S COMMENTS:  Nice rhyme with two uncommon words makes this memorable.
    Chocolate Desires

    Smooth, relaxing
    Sensuously warming
    Caressing deep within my soul

    Katie-Anne Gustafsson, Eskstiluna, Sweden
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  All the pleasures of chocolate neatly described.
    EDITOR'S COMMENTS:   Lovely languid language!

    Skiers Chocolate Treat

    Sweet brown powder
    Three spoonfuls to hot milk
    Snowy mound of marshmallow melts
    Slow thaw

    Maryann Hazen-Stearns, Ellenville, NY

    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  The "Cinquain recipe" for cocoa.  Delicious.
    Got Cocoa?

    I sip
    Its creamy froth,
    Scalding tongue, branding lip
    With chocolate foam ­ marshmallow kissed

    Kathy Kehrli, Factoryville, PA
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Nice slow description of sipping cocoa.  One enjoys it from the first sip to the marshmallow kissed moustache.
    After Chocolate

    Sip it.
    Savor its soft,
    steamy, sensuous sauce.
    Songs of praise are moans of utter

    John E. Rice, Houston, TX
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Well done!  According to this poet, there IS life after chocolate.
    EDITOR'S COMMENTS:  Simply scrumptious writing!
    Chocolate Passions

    Cold nights,
    Dreaming of cups
    Brimming with chocolate
    Sweet, dark, dreamy hot chocolate
    For me.

    Lynne Remick, Nesconset, NY
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Head to the kitchen, and brew a cup.

    S-Chocolate Serenity

    Sally succumbs
    sips subversive sucrose
    so serendipitously sweet
    she sings

    James M. Thompson, Baytown, TX

    JUDGES'COMMENTS:  Very clever alliteration.  The S-Chocolate (a nice touch) keeps it flowing.
    EDITOR'S COMMENTS:  I'd say this ingenious poem fits both Cinquain and Plieades forms to a "t" but perhaps it would be more accurate to say it fits both forms to a "Chocolate!"
    Cocoa Raspberry

    Just a
    touch to enhance
    the senses. Now lean back,
    dream of chocolate, sniff, inhale.
    Shoo winter.

    Claiborne S. Walsh, Montrose, AL
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Is there anything better than cocoa raspberry?
    EDITOR'S COMMENTS:  Made me want to stick my tongue out at cold weather and pour another cup.


    We asked for a quatrain using at least one metaphor to compare love to a place in North or South America.  Poems without a metaphor or comparison of love to a place were disqualified.
    Endangered Species

    Deep in a dying jungle
    love lies.
    Amazon of my feelings
    extinction of my hope.

    Ron Blanton, Alpharetta, GA
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Very expressive; takes the reader away.
    FIRST PLACE - Winner of a copy of "This Valentine's Day," a collection of love poems, from Blue Mountain Arts.

    First Love

    As tender as spring grass on the Texas prairie
    As sweet as the sap of Vermont sugar maples
    As enthralling as Bourbon Street on Saturday night
    As fleeting as an April snow in Kansas City.

    SuzAnne C. Cole, Houston, TX

    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  A beautiful, well-defined picture of a "first love."
    Hardly Un-American

    This deepest of echoing chasms,
    Of giddy, cliff-sided highs and lows,
    With earth-layered striate its emotions,
    Love is surely relationship’s Grand Canyon.

    Warner D. Conarton, Zephyrhills, FL

    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Powerful writing.  Well done.

    ocean front property on Pensacola Bay   his
    crystal clear blue waters pound toward
    white pure shore   generous and mystical and
    hiding little treasures beneath a rough and complex surface

    Beverly Sweet Forbes, Kemah, TX
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Nicely painted picture.  Leaves one thinking about the mystical and little treasures.
    EDITOR'S COMMENTS: Wonderful description of both place and person, grounded in emotion.  Excellent writing.

    California Dreaming

    Flashing my best Hollywood smile
    I reach out my hand to hold on
    We laugh running through the surf
    Playful dolphins in the Malibu sunset

    Roz Garay, Whittier, CA

    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Well done.
    Opening Night Jitters

    Love is a fragile escapade
    glittery as sequin lights on Broadway
    after the show opens and a giddy
    New York City rain showers applause

    Maryann Hazen-Stearns, Ellenville, NY
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Unique expression.  Good description of love.
    Philly Affair

    Soft like pretzels piping hot
    Gooey like cheesy steaks
    Brotherly love's a downright sin
    With a Philadelphia snack

    Kathy Kehrli, Factoryville, PA
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Creative; interesting choice of descriptive words.
    EDITOR'S COMMENTS:  Yummy descriptions, put together in a delicious way.
    Discovering Wildflowers

    After a divorce's long winter, new love blooms
    in high elevations, Tuolumne Meadows joy
    colored with monkeyflowers and marsh marigolds -
    in love - American National Park Style - ours is Yosemite.

    Deborah P. Kolodji, Pasadena, CA
    EDITOR'S COMMENTS:  Nice alliteration, rolls well in the mouth, and flows off the tongue.
    America's Heartbeat

    Strong as Niagara's Falls
    Pounding their passion
    On the jagged rocks below
    And never yielding

    Lynne Remick, Nesconset, NY
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  We see the rocks, feel the power of the falls.

    Like the slow, sure strength of the River
    carving the great Grand Canyon,
    love endures, almost forever,
    revealing all, in colored layers, to the observant heart.

    John E. Rice, Houston, Texas
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Excellent description, interesting comparison.
    EDITOR'S COMMENTS:  A memorable piece of writing, replete with the surging powerful current of the river itself.
    Love Can Be

    As hot and as cold as New Mexico's deserts,
    As steamy as Texas' Gulf Coast,
    As bright as the stars in a night in Alaska:
    At best--strong as Rushmore can boast.

    Katherine Swarts, Houston, TX
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Good comparisons.
    Mid America

    Pounding hearts burning brightly like a roaring camp fire
    Embracing lovers gushing like Old Faithful geyser
    Feelings as honest as Lincoln; binding like barbed wire
    Like the gold of Ft. Knox, love's treasure is no miser.

    Andrew Verrett, Kenneth City, FL
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Excellent word choice throughout.  Well done.
    Lake Levels

    Deep as Tahoe’s glacier lake,
    the blue eyes of a basin waking to a flood,
    the marriage of love to a feeding stream
    fills a dream's hollow like melting snow.

    Candace A. York, Austin, TX
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Very well done.
    Amo Amas Aman

    Stark and deep as cliffs in Acapulco
    our hearts toe the line and dive.
    Splash and disappear in the retreating ebb
    Will we surface from the depths, remain alive?

    Claiborne S. Walsh,  Montrose, AL
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Thought provoking.  The reader can choose an ending.
    Your Seattle Coastline

    Cool as a cave by the ocean
    where water and earth intertwine.
    Inland volcanoes hold smoldering here
    like fire from the beginning of time.

    Andrea M. Zander, Rochester, MN
    JUDGES' COMMENTS:  Very expressive.
    EDITOR'S COMMENTS:  Wonderful writing, that, through the use of a single personal pronoun, speaks of both person and place in the same breath, the same words, and leaves no doubt that both are loved.


    A copy of "Indigo Avenue, Selected Poems," by Sol Magazine's Lead Editor, Craig Tigerman, goes to:  SuzAnne C. Cole.  Her Tanka was chosen for many reasons.

    Paula M. Bentley said she picked SuzAnne C. Cole's poem because the imagery is so keen, so sharp, with kinetic words such as "flinty," "sparks," "cracking," leaving the reader shivering in anticipation of the wintry sunrise.  Excellent imagery, such as "darkness cracking on the rim" - this poem just sings to the winter-bound spirit, and reminds us that there is always hope with the next sunrise. Beautifully done!

    And so it does, and so it is!  Thanks for sharing it with us, SuzAnne.

    Held fast by winter's
    blue-black flinty night, we wait
    for sparks of sunshine
    darkness cracking on the rim
    surrendering to daybreak.

    SuzAnne C. Cole, Houston, TX


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