2018 Passwords Winners Announced

The winners of the 2018 Passwords competition have been announced! Guest judge, former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland selected four winners and four honorable mentions. The winners are:

Brenda Axt, of Greenfield, WI,

Krista Eastman, of Madison, WI,

Pamela Johnson, of Brooklyn, WI,

Laurel Radzieski, of Scranton, PA.

Works by these poets will be featured along the 2018 Farm/Art DTour (October 6-14). Poems are fashioned after the old Burma Shave advertisements: five short lines with lines 2 and 5 rhyming. Keep an eye out for these roadside poetry signs along the DTour, and in the meantime, enjoy the below four poems by this year’s honorable mentions!

Enjoy these lovely landscapes

Graced by DTour art

Travel slowly

Breathe deeply

Tonic for the heart

by Patti Herman


Excitement abounds

Fermentation is here

To concoct & distill

Sauerkraut, Tempeh, Kimchi

And don’t forget beer!

by Tricia Louis


Saccharomyces does its thing

The spirits then do rise

The joy of life

Restored, to bring.

Microbes, too, save lives.

by Rob McClure


Foment fermentation

with muscle and heart,


your imagination

with gratitude and art

by Franciszka Voeltz