POETRY PRIZE RESULTS
you for entering the Sarah Mook Poetry Contest. We were
happy to receive nearly 2000 poems from poets in more than
a dozen states. It was my pleasure to read each of the poems
before passing them along to the final judge, Marie Kane,
Bucks County Poet Laureate 2006 and former high school English
and Creative Writing teacher. She found all of the final
entries to be extremely close this year. After reading,
rereading, reading out loud, and reading again, she still
had difficulties placing the top three winners. All of the
poems are engaging, imaginative, and skilled; she enjoyed
reading them and especially commenting on the top three.
Congratulations to all the entrants -- what a super job.
Keep writing poetry!
also to the teachers, parents, and mentors who provide much-needed
encouragement and much-deserved praise to all of the young
you, Marie, for your careful and generous consideration
of each of the finalist poems. Award letters to each winner
will include Mrs. Kane's detailed and praiseful explications
of their winning poem. Each First Place winner will receive
a cash prize of $100, Second Place $50, Third Place $25.
on the names to read the poems
(below each poem includes comments from Judge Marie
The World Re-flipped"
East Sandwich, MA
My Name In Korean"
to the generosity of those who sent donations a contribution
of $430 was made in Sarah's name to Smile Train, a charity
that provides free cleft surgery for millions of poor children
in developing countries.
you for helping to honor Sarah and her gift of poetry. We
wish you continued success in your writing and in all you
do. Please enter again next year. Have a safe and happy
David Mook and Family
CONTEST WINNERS : 2010
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Poems by Sarah Mook and David Mook
Gail Mook was a student in the third grade at Buckingham
Friends School in Lahaska, PA when she died suddenly
on December 14, 1995. Sarah began writing poems in
kindergarten. Reading Sarah's poems over and over
during the months following her death inspired her
father, David, to begin writing poetry. For David,
"poetry is a gift from Sarah, a blessing."
EACH LEAF is a celebration of Sarah's life, her gifts,
and also embodies a journey through grief into healing
and spiritual growth.
beautiful book that left me both grieving and rejoicing
- a wonderful tribute to Sarah, and to poetry and
to life." Christopher Bursk
heartbreaking and extraordinarily life-affirming in
its ability to confront life/death, love/loss, belief.
It tackles, in a remarkable way, the question: how
does one go on living in the face of such grief and
sorrow?" Cheryl Baldi
LEAF also contains an essay about father and daughter
fishing on the Delaware River. "Fishing"
was selected as a notable essay in the Best American
PLAY A GAME WITH MY DAD
by Sarah Mook (1st Grade)
We have a piece of paper
with words on it.
Then we copy one word
off it, then another,
like bees with fish wings
or this ivy stick
with books hanging off it
instead of leaves.
When we play this game
I am as happy as a dolphin
singing a song.