Sixth Annual Wild Violet Writing Contest Winners (2008)
Arlene L. Mandell, a retired English professor, was formerly a public relations executive and writer/editor at Good Housekeeping magazine. She has published more than 400 poems, essays and short stories in newspapers and literary journals, including The New York Times, True Romance and Women's Voices.
the Hour Before Stars
Judge Eileen M. D'Angelo's comments:
"In the Hour Before Stars" is as delicate a poem as its form and subject matter, from its careful descriptions to the way the repetitive words pull the poem full circle. Like the description of the sky in this poem, everything deepens by subtle degrees.