Winner of 2010 Left Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition
Bruce Lader's poem "Iberia" has won first place in the English language category of the annual contest sponsored by the Welsh-American organization, Americymru. The award includes a payment of $150, publication in The Seventh Quarry, and a subscription to this literary journal located in Wales, UK. The winning poem first appeared in the journal, Talking River. It is posted below and can be found along with an author interview http://americymru.net/profiles/blogs/an-interview-with-bruce-lader
Within the dark fortress of your immemorial waters are the sands of a moon to be born.
Mediterranean of no tides, you hold the vast audience of stars in a bullfight arena.
At night, on the shore, the ripples come lapsing arabesques in your Alhambra of shadows.
For eons encamped in caves of your gut eels have thrummed guitar, wailed
as gypsy fires dance duende from earth like poppies of blood flaming Andalusian mountains.
And there, on the distant Castillian mesa, your armored attacker of windmills astride his dauntless horse
Two poems in The Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine
"Paper Trail" won second place in the 2011 Paris Lake Poetry Contest. The award includes a payment of $100 and publication in the magazine, Old Red Kimono, at Georgia Highlands College.
We saw you hurry out of silver Cadillac--a woman with dark hair, about five-seven, snatch our bag of papers from the curbside recycle bin, drive away in the dusk-- didn’t even bother to wait till our lights were off.
My peace of mind is a handful of scraps scattered in the fraud-ridden economy . . . What if I tossed a bank account or credit card number in with the crumpled drafts of poems and rejection slips?
Please don’t pirate the poems. I’ve been revising them for years . . . Do you know how much poets get for their work? Not only have you ripped off my sleep, my wife’s warning to buy a shredder has returned to haunt like overdue credit card payments.
When you browse our private transactions: shopping lists, supermarket and bookstore receipts, notes like Please buy two bags of cat litter with this coupon, does it give you a naughty thrill the way twisted burglars get off with articles of clothing they swipe?
Why not just declare bankruptcy, or target upscale houses and sift their squandered trash, instead of preying on thrifty low-income people? . . .We’re seniors struggling to save our last dollar to pay the utility bills.
You’ve probably rummaged our recycles before, prowling like a raccoon . . . So I’m leaving this letter on the bin to think over, let you know we can’t even afford a nest-egg or a vacation . . .you’re wasting your time.