Thursday, 17 July 2014

WEEK 12: Vallum's Cryptographic Adventure!




This is WEEK 12 (and the LAST WEEK) of Vallum’s Cryptographic Adventure!

Originally we were offering a free entry into our annual poetry contest, the Vallum Award for Poetry, to the first person who solved the cryptogram correctly. CONGRATULATIONS to Jacqueline Hanna who solved the puzzle within the first couple of weeks!

Now, for anyone else who has solved or will solve the cryptogram correctly, Vallum is offering other FANTASTIC PRIZES! So keep deciphering!


This week’s poetic cipher:
MEGHG BK UCG KMUHP MEG UCG KMUHP UCWP


And our hint of the week:
"The beginning of eternity
The end of time and space
The beginning of every end,
And the end of every place."
MEG WGMMGH G


Final Hint: HUFGHM LHXOGK





Wednesday, 9 July 2014

WEEK 11: Vallum's Cryptographic Adventure!



For all you spies and double agents, here’s the cipher and hint for Week 11 of Vallum’s Cryptographic Adventure! This is the second-last week to guess the mystery poet correctly to win a snazzy Vallum prize! Good luck!

This week’s poetic cipher: PUTHK BK MEG LHGXM SEGGW UA MEG KTC

And our hint of the week:

"I never was, am always to be,
No one ever saw me, nor ever will
And yet I am the confidence of all
To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball."
MUQUHHUS


To view previous clues, please visit our website at:
www.vallummag.com/cryptogram.html

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

LESS THAN ONE WEEK LEFT TO ENTER THE VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY CONTEST!

Last year, John Pahl won 2nd prize for his poem "Hawk" ! 




Hawk

This began with a thunk on Thermopane
over my shoulder and a dull head pondering
the slow ticked hours -- another Sunday
afternoon gone.

Turning from the papers, table top and drops
of dried wine, I saw high on the stretched
glass a smudge like make-up smeared
or old pine pollen faded and streaked,
but that thump told me to look down.

The hawk lay perfectly supine,
Composed upon the deck boards, wings folded,
tightly clenched like the hundreds of finches
dead and boxed off from Galapagos to England.

Outside, I felt how lightly it rested in two
hands, death having lifted it some already,
I thought-- something now departed, as breath
leaves on its own in our sleep.

The yellow iris, an onyx pupil
gazed indifferently into mine-- then
the beak moved as a brown leaf twitches
in the bit of wind that finally makes it drop.

No, not a bird corpse whose hollow bones
would trace a final dive beneath our soil--
here lay, feathered, taloned and still fierce
the shaped presence of a living will.

Inside, nested in a dish towel, cardboard
flaps interlocked over the still open eyes,
it shrugged a wing. I called the zoo
and drove the box to town.

I never saw that red-shouldered hawk
fly, not into the window nor after it healed
and won its freedom--

unless it was that pair of wings
tilting off above the orchard trees
through which I ran this spring
as though chasing something.



Find contest rules and guidelines here: www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

LESS THAN 2 WEEKS TO ENTER THE VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY 2014!




Don't miss your chance to enter for your chance to WIN up to $1000 in prizes! PLUS receive a FREE subscription to Vallum magazine for 1 year (2 issues) !

See here for details: www.vallummag.com/contrestrules.html