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Ventura Valdez Poetry Awards Are Announced for 2011

Gival Press is pleased to announce the winners of the Ventura Valdez Poetry contest it sponsors at Montgomery College for present and past students.

The winners for the English and Spanish contests each received a prize of $100.00 and a certificate.

Winner of the 2011 Ventura Valdez English Poetry Award

Family Meal Time

Twin shores of Mother and Father: The parents wordlessly emit a hum \”We held their shoulders like roses. We loved their eyelids like violets,\” While giant offspring slouch over the evening meal.

These are the homes where the warmth Vibrates and wiggles and rises Silently over roofs Wrinkling the air so thoroughly Trees wiggle softly As if seen through old glass.

And at the dinner table Any pain runs away like rushing water, Because there is love in the soup.

Love lies wedged with the small dirt Between floorboards, under radiators.

All this kindness, all these gifts And still my constant worry \”What if this were always?\”

Copyright © 2011 by Leslie Gerhard.

Winner of the 2011 Ventura Valdez Spanish Poetry Award

El amor en silencio

Me encierro en mis sueños y mis pasiones cada vez que te veo. Deseo mostrarte el mundo y conocer junto a ti las siete maravillas del mundo. Quisiera llegar a la puerta de tu corazón pero tu silencio me impide   mis mayores anhelos.

Dime cómo puedo hablarte si tu silencio me mata. ¿O acaso no te gusta dialogar? Escapándome de esta realidad en que vivo cierro mis ojos.

Sólo por un segundo y sueño contigo. Pero no puedo dormir en paz porque tu rostro me persigue Hasta lo más profundo de mis pretenciones.

En mis sueños bajo hasta los más profundo del mar Y me ahogo en tus entrañas. Subo hasta el cielo y te encuentro callada y tranquila.

Mirándome me sonríes pero de repente llego a la realidad Con su suspiro muy profundo. Y me digo a mí mismo Que el amor que siento por ti está nada más en silencio.

Copyright © 2011 by Jesualdo Flores.

The following received an Honorable Mention:

for Stolen Lines in English, James Haitchwai

for Vida in Spanish, Grego Pineda

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