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"[The winning poem] makes its references deft and plays in language in a kind of delight, without completing thoughts on behalf of the reader or steering the reader or telling the reader what to think... which leaves space for the reader to be delighted too. Tis a poem that is fully realized: intention and execution coincide."
The annual John Newlove Poetry award, launched in the fall of 2004, commemorates the honest, poignant and well-written poetry of John Newlove, an Ottawa resident for almost twenty years and poet who died in 2003.
The 4 poems receiving honourable mention in 2006 are
One More Vanished by Kathryn Hunt;
Meredith Quartermain's "I Canadian dream of English," variation three by rob mclennan;
look into by Heather McLeod;
Burnt forest by Rona Shaffran
Each year the winner will receive a certificate, a poetry book by John Newlove and the opportunity to publish a chapbook through Bywords. This year’s award winner received The Cave.
Poems published on bywords.ca from September 2006 to August 2007 will be eligible for consideration for next year’s Newlove award.