Sandra Kasturi has won the $1,000 top prize in the 10th annual Poem of the Year Contest, sponsored by Arc Poetry Magazine, with her poem "Old Men, Smoking."
Judge Mildred Tremblay said the piece "powerfully invokes strangeness," adding, "I could not resist this poem."
Sandra's entry was chosen from among more than 1,100 poems submitted by 413 entrants. The second prize of $750 went to Irene Livingston of Vancouver, B.C., and the third prize of $500 to Kamloops, B.C. Honourable mentions went to Rosemary Clewes, Pamela Porter and Diane Reid.
The winning poems. as well as the honourable mentions and six poems chosen from the 50 shortlisted poems by Arc’s editors, will be published in the Winter 2005 issue of the magazine.