Monday, April 9, 2012

really fun news

I recently entered a little poem in a competition by Painted Bride Quarterly, using the required words "peach", "tugboat", and "surprise".  The fun news is that I won!  "Tugboat Surprise" is featured this month on PBQ website's sidebar

Tugboat Surprise

I grow fins, set sail
hauling dollops of peaches;
a whole doxology of fruit
sings like jelly
in the hull.

A papier-mâché sailor
called Bag of Elbows,
made of Crayola wrappers
and old chicken wire,
mans the helm.

We steep late, via
the Cape of Good Hope,
some kind of little enigma,
dodging the spray
of ocean liners
and whales. 

Painted Bride Quarterly, established in Philadelphia in 1973, sponsored in part by the Department of English & Philosophy and the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University, is one of the country’s longest running literary magazines. PBQ is a community-based, independent, non-profit literary magazine published quarterly online and annually in print, making it accessible to a broad and diverse audience. They publish poetry, fiction, and prose from emerging and established authors from across the country and around the world. 


  1. Good for you. Hurray!!

  2. That's cute, Tess. Well done!

  3. Well done! I trust that part of your prize was a ride in the Tug.

  4. Congratulations! Cute tugboat, too.

  5. LOVE the poem ... well done, Ms. Tess.

  6. Well done Tess, that is good news indeed!

  7. Thanks everybody...I'm still smiling this morning...and I wish part of the prize was a ride in the tug...

  8. Congratulations! Every time I walk the docks at Halifax I give a smile to Thomas. Now I shall think of the poem in passing.

  9. Oops! I mean Theodore. I am confusing him with my grandson's well-loved English train.

  10. Wow, Tess, good news, indeed! :-)

  11. P.S.: Such delight to read and ponder!

  12. New to your blog I can only say, what a delightful poem, I'm so glad you've earned a prize with it.

  13. congrats. the world is awakening to your talent. love image of tub boat captain. it is a cute poem. Bravo!

  14. WOOHOO! AWESOME! So gld you entered, so glad your poem won! It's a goodie and i do love the little tugboat photo! YAY- you!

  15. Oh, hooray. Lovely read, lovely result. Congratulations!

  16. Is there no limit to your awesomeness?

  17. So there is a God in this world, after all! Congratulations. Well deserved.

  18. Tugboat Tess wins! Well done, and I just love the boat and the poem!

  19. Congratulations! And I love the cute picture. It certainly suits my sensibilities.

  20. That is awesome! I love this poem Tess! Congratulations YOU deserve it! :-)

  21. Well done ! Congratulations :)

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  23. the yank on his sleeve
    dragged him from slumber
    like a tugboat hauling fairy tales

    moist memories of mouthwatering enchantment
    dampen his palette.
    peaches and nectarines
    still present in make believe taste buds

    "Wake up! We have something for you!"

    so instead of a sun soaked orchard
    and splendor of honeysuckle
    his senses or degraded
    by the harsh
    orchestra of
    over rated surprise

  24. Congratulations Tess!
    This is especially exciting for me since this is a photo of Theodore Tugboat anchored in it's usual place at the Halifax Waterfront in Halifax, Nova Scotia - a 15 minute walk from my front door. You should come for a visit. We're a friendly bunch. Penny


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