The awards for 2019 and the fall quarterly prize were judged by Joan Ellen Ketrys, past president of the Connecticut Poetry Society and contributor when Leslie Mellichamp was editor.  She had recently moved and without internet, she communicated her choices by telephone after much deliberation and difficulty, finding so many in her estimation that were worthy.  The winning poems are listed below:

“Envoi” by Dorrith Leipziger (Spring)
Honorable mention: “Sunset: Last Classical Radio Station in
San Diego”, by Victoria Mary Fach (Summer)

“Follow the Shore,” by Patrick Joyce (Fall)
Honorable Mention: “Egret in Morning,” by Marie Arnett (Spring)

“Tree and Leaf,” by Daniel Galef (Fall)
Honorable Mention: “Reunion,” by Dave Crocco (Winter)

“On a Globe & Hanging Garden,” by E. P. Fisher (Spring)
Honorable Mention: “Old Song Made New,” by B. R. Strahan (Summer)

“Ballad of Corporate Promotion,” by Bill Marsh (Winter)

“Three-legged Doe,” by Susan Martin (Fall)

As you may have noted, we are celebrating one hundred years of continuous publication in 2020! Which rather a milestone! We wish that Virginia Kent Cummins, Ruby Roberts and Leslie Mellichamp were here to raise a glass!  To commemorate this modest journal having ridden the tides of time to this moment, we decided to mark the centennial by hobnobbing with the poets whose poems we have published over the years, having pop up salons, if you will, with poets reading poems which have appeared in The Lyric. We have tentatively scheduled an appearance at the Poetry by the Sea Conference in Connecticut in May, and also possibly one in northern California, perhaps in late June.  It’s all very hush-hush at the moment.  The Associate Editor is hoping to negotiate her way to this side of the Atlantic, dodging the dratted flu-du-jour (the name unmentionable and undeservedly regal). We will have more details in the Spring issue…..

As always, we bend a grateful knee to The Lyric Foundation, without which continuity would have foundered decades ago.  Financial support assured The Lyric freedom from the vacillations in poetic fashion which still are in force today.  For some decades, The Lyric was the only journal which welcomed traditionally formed poetry.  Now contributors will comment that their sonnets, villanelles and other forms are being published with some regularity.  Other traditional journals are present in the literary landscape now. Perhaps the “arid age” is coming to an end. 

As winter winds to a close, we are grateful to be able to offer you this group of poems, songs for the season and spirit.