2012 “CALIFORNIA GOLD” SPRING WRITING CONTEST
WINNER OF THE UNRHYMED POETRY CATEGORY

221 entries
Finalist Judge: Maria Garcia Teutsch, Editor,
Homestead Review, Hartnell College

1st Place -- $250

Marian Kaplun Shapiro, Ed.D.
Lexington, Massachusetts

Marian Kaplun Shapiro, Ed.D. is the author of a professional book, Second Childhood (Norton, 1988), a poetry book, Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (Plain View Press, 2007) and two chapbooks: Your Third Wish, (Finishing Line, 2007); and The End Of The World, Announced On Wednesday (Pudding House, 2007). As a Quaker and a psychologist, her poetry often addresses the horror of violence within a personal context. A resident of Lexington, she was named Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2011. She has been the winner of 24 First Prizes and 11 other poetry prizes; while these have not made her rich in money, she feels very rich in joy and thankfulness indeed.

RAPE…

That day in pink shorts
(subway singing, sun smiling)
No one knew I’d died.