Welcome to GOLDEN WORDS, the online anthology featuring the winners of the 18th Annual National SENIOR POETs LAUREATE poetry competition for American poets age 50 and older. In these pages you will meet the National Senior Poet Laureate, Senior Poets Laureate from forty-five states and one foreign country, and nineteen Honor Scroll Winners whose winning poems passed the 1st Round of judging but did not proceed to the Final Rounds. Also included are one International “Diploet” Award winners (Diploet means Diplomatic Ambassador of Good Will) and six “Golden Pen” Award honorees (three for living poets and three for deceased poets) who wrote love poems being memorialized in this edition.
This year's golden poems once again prove the truth of the adage we repeat as a mantra of truth: We are getting older, and we're also definitely getting better. We hope you enjoy exploring GOLDEN WORDS, which is appearing in electronic format for the third time since its ongoing publication as an anthology beginning in 1994.
Wanda Sue Parrott edited the first two online GOLDEN WORDS publications which were published online by webmaster Al Baker. This year, Vera-Jane Goodin Schultz is serving as publisher of GOLDEN WORDS, of which Wanda remains as a contributing editor.
To navigate through the rest of this SCANSION Section, which fills you in about the contest and those who participated in it, read the prompts at the bottom of each page and click the one of your choice.