Awards! Awards! Awake! Awake!
Give me enough medals and I’ll win you any war.
Awards, or public recognition of any kind, have always been a problematic enterprise. Surely outstanding performance and heroic behavior deserve recognition, but the standards used to determine such things can be lax. And no matter how strict the criteria, there is the matter of what to tell people who didn’t win the award.
Be that as it may, recognition is vital to any enterprise that does not reward its participants with a regular paycheck. RT is inclined to think that honor is the primary human need, eclipsing even food–after all, just why are we eating, and what will we do when we have left the feast?
Nowhere could this be truer than in the realm of poetry blogs, written as they tend to be from a need to share the heart’s passions. The desire for recognition is keen, and RT believes that the main purpose of the various WP awards is to comfort and encourage such folk as they begin to share their work with a broad audience. After all, and in the not-too-distant past, RT was himself a novice blogger, thrilled by the first handful of hits on his site. Honor is one thing; self-image is something else.
All of this is by way of introduction to the fact that at an unacceptably distant time in the past (a couple of months?) RT received an award nomination himself: the Liebster Award. Many requirements attach to this award, but for the sake of time and sanity, RT is boiling them down to just two, thanking my nominator and naming 11 blogs worthy of the award.
So, to begin again, let me thank Aubrey for nominating me; she is a wonderful writer with a keen eye and intellect. Now, here are the 11 blogs:
1) Book Peeps. Very fine book reviews.
2) A Leaf in Springtime. Panang; Finland. Exotic and socially minded; happy.
3) Belle Typo. Typography and printing enthusiasts, dive in!
4) Shrinksarentcheap. Surreal and therapeutic poetry, sharp and from a woman’s perspective.
5) Cindi Knoke. Interesting life story; beautiful images and words.
6) Hortus Closus. This blog lies a bit off the beaten path; for one thing, be prepared to read her poems in French, for another, be prepared for a certain attraction to women. Tasteful and heartfelt.
7) pdlyon’s weblog. Irish to the core, meaning tea, soda bread, beauty, and Buddha.
8) Becky Van Deusen Pinups. Retro and refreshing material from a practicing model.
9) Types of Typography. A great resource for type and images.
10) Tiaras and Trianon. Who could resist a blog with a name like this?
11) the poem epoch. Poetry, interviews, a touch of humor.