July began with a bang! On the 1st, I found out that my poem "Very Truly Yours, Irene Norton, née Adler" won 2nd prize in Spark, A Creative Anthology's Contest Two! I won $100, a subscription to American Poetry Review, a lifetime Premium subscription to Scribophile among many other goodies! Spark has the best contests!
"Very Truly Yours, Irene Norton, née Adler" is a re-imagining of the relationship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler.
I find Irene Adler one of the most fascinating of his female characters, especially since she only appears in one story (the first!) and we know so little
about her. That makes her fair game, as far as I'm concerned!
In my persona poems, I like to choose voices of people or fictional characters we
know very little about in the personal sense, that way I can let my imagination run free! They may be famous, but have left little correspondence, or
there may be some controversy about their motivation.
Another poem, "The Point of No Return" appears in Spark's Volume II, which is hot off the presses as of today! You can buy it at Amazon or directly
from their site.
Every time I start to get discouraged with my writing, something positive like this happens and motivates me to continue! I just hope I don't
get too addicted to this happening in such a timely way!