2014 seems to be getting off to a good start--I just found out yesterday that my poem, "Letter From Lara, Yuriatin, 1920" won 3rd place in Spark, A Creative Anthology's Contest Four!!
"Letter From Lara" is a persona poem written from the point of view of a fictional character from Boris Pasternak's novel Dr. Zhivago. Pasternak was a Russian poet; Dr. Zhivago was his only novel besides one written in verse. The prompt for the contest was "winter," so the frozen steppes of Siberia inevitably came to mind!