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The January Winner of the “Arc Award of Awesomeness” is . . .

winner (with doo-dad)

Kathryn MacDonald, for the poem “DUTY / DEON!


shayne avec i grec and the Arc Poetry Magazine Board also selected two runners-up:

    • “umbrellas” by Cindy Maguire
    • “Skin” by Lee-Ann Taras



Duty’s ledger (like Libra’s scales) weighs right against wrong / good versus bad
calls up principle morality rigid imperatives think loyalty

soldiers to their country priests to their church bees to their hive
politicos to their party cultists to their leader spiders to the pattern of their webs

allegiance obedience righteousness
(the disses) disloyalty disobedience disdain

what force compels duty’s mantra with a staccato beat
dark shadow of crows to their rookery

duty must (smell its mustiness)
quicksand under your feet (its slipperiness your sinking)

gangs to the mobster /boss /chairman /president
fidelity to foolhardiness parasitic solidarity

Kant to ideals

children to their curiosity
artists to their paint
writers to their stories
poets to their truth


You still have time to enter Arc’s next Award of Awesomeness!