Midnight on the Stroll Poetry Contest Slideshow & Awards–Archive Edition

The slideshow and awards below originally appeared in The Curtained Room on 9/26/2014.

Please, click on “A Place for Fantasies,” by The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation,* then scroll down to view the slideshow. . . already in progress.


The Midnight on the Stroll Poetry Contest Slideshow–

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Awards Slideshows:

Key factors in accepting a poem for inclusion in the slideshow involved balancing: 1) how the piece functioned ekphrastically with a given image or images as originally displayed in MLG’s “Grand Opening” show; 2) how the piece worked in combination with other pieces; 3) how the piece contributed to the overall Gestalt of the slideshow.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Awards are based on the number of pieces each poet had included in the slideshow.

3rd Place: “On the street,” by Melanie Browne; “corsage,” by Wanda Morrow Clevenger; “inversion” by john sweet; “Disillusion,” by Angel Zapata.

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2nd Place: “As we sing the dirge of. . .” “Her eyes. . .” and “She weeps for. . .” by Doug Draime.

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1st Place: “Goth Creatures,” “High Stakes,” “Markers,” “Pay Per View,” and “Weapons of Mass Percussion,” by Alan Catlin.

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Dear attendees: Following the credits below, a link to The Black Diamond Award for Excellence of Craft is provided.  Thank you. . .


  • Music / Video:
The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation: “A Place for Fantasies” originally appears on The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation’s 2009 Ad Noiseam release, Succubus.  Later reissues appear on Denovali Records.  This improvisational music project is an offshoot of The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble.  To learn more, visit The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation’s Facebook, along with Discogs.com for a full discography.**
  • Poetry:

Melanie Browne:  The author of two full-length collections, Heaven is a Giant Pawn Shop (erbacce Press), and Portrait of a Bad Sailor Girl (Magical Mystery Tour Press),  Melanie is also a former editor of Leaf Garden Press.  Visit her about.me site for links to her many online publications.

Alan Catlin: A twenty time Pushcart Prize nominee, Alan is also the editor of Misfit Magazine.   The author of over sixty chapbooks and full-length collections, his titles include Drunk and Disorderly  (Pavement Saw Press), and Alien Nation (March Street Press).  A long-standing presence in the small press scene, an archive of his published work is held at The University of Buffalo Special Collections.  To read a recommended selection of Alan’s poetry, please visit UFO Gigolo, where he is a frequent contributor.

Wanda Morrow Clevenger:  A preview of Wanda’s poetry, memoir, and short fiction collection, This Small Town in Each of Us, is available via Edgar & Lenore Publishing.  Visit her about.me site to learn more about ordering this collection.  And, be sure to also visit her blog, It’s All Just Telling Tales Out of School, to read more of this widely pubished and prolific author’s work.  To contact Wanda, email: wandalou1955@hotmail.com.

Doug Draime:  A three-time PEN grant recipient, Doug sits on the reading staff of Right Hand Pointing.   His most recent full-length collection, More than the Alley, is available via Interior Noise Press.  Published in the small press since the 60’s, recommended selections of Doug’s verse can be found online at  the outlaw poetry network, and at Zygote in my Coffee.

Pablo Neruda: The excerpt in the image “For Pablo” is from the poem, “Juegas Todos los Días”  (tr. “Every Day you Play”).  It was first published in Neruda’s 1924 collection, Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada  (tr. Twenty love poems and a song of despair).

john sweet:  with such brilliant light pouring from our joyous godless hearts (wall of noise press) is but one of many full-length collections available at john’s Lulu Author Spotlight.  An interview at The Penmen Review, coupled with his blog, the bleeding horse, avenged, provide an introduction to both the poet and his ever growing canon of verse.

Angel Zapata: Author of the poetry chapbook, An Offering of Ink and Feathers, Angel is also the recipient of the 2012 Mariner Award from Bewildering Stories for his flash fiction piece, “Carrion Feathers.”  For a full listing of Angel’s awards and publications, visit his Goodreads site.  And, be sure to also visit his blog, A Rage of Angels.

Note: Midnight Lane Gallery / The Curtained Room accepts First Rights.  Rights to republish return to poets upon publication.

  • Visual Art:

Yours Truly: The “Midnight on the Stroll” digital art series originally appeared in Midnight Lane Gallery’s Grand Opening Show.  Please contact Midnight Lane Gallery if seeking to use an image or images from the “Midnight on the Stroll” series, either virtually or in print.  Likewise if seeking to use an image or images from “The Midnight on the Stroll Poetry Contest.” Contact information is included at the bottom of the gallery’s About page.

**Added Credit goes to SinDios NiRazon for posting The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation’s, “A Place for Fantasies,” to YouTube.  Midnight Lane Gallery / The Curtained Room claims no copyright over music posted on site.

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