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Ode to Wisconsin Academy poetry contest winners
Three Madison poets sweep top spots in 2008

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Let all within earshot cheer proud and attest!
Ring the bells and chime loud for Mad City! No jest!
News from an annual Wisconsin Academy contest:
Three Madison poets have won. We're the best!

Tho' to the north, south, east, and west 'cross the state
Poets spurn'd may have howled and wept at their fate,
Let none here in Madison lament or berate
For the top three spots Mad poets have swept. Ain't that great?

On Thursday 'midst plentiful fanfare and acclaim,
The academy's press release did see fit to proclaim
That from 300-plus entries the judges did name
Christie Taylor as the poet most worthy of fame.

The title of the poem that has won her this due
Hints at poetic splendors on which to chew,
As on verse flavored like simmering stew:
"Photograph of a dinner party -- 1992."

The judges next chose "Playing for Keeps,"
A submission from the imaginative deeps
Of Madison's Gillian Nevers, who reaps
Second place for her compositional leaps.

And for third prize, the judges of the Académe
Chose yet another Madison gem --
A third local woman (in French, that's femme)
Christina Olson, for her poem "Blood, Bile, Phlegm."

The contest's three winners get all kinds of cool prizes,
And a reading with runners-up (in all shapes and sizes),
And publication. So these poets the Academy recognizes
Must surely be gratified. At least, one surmises.

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