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This website is dedicated to LGBT folks who are surviving in this crazy world.

What's good for one isn't necessarily good for another.

Attempting to control the hearts and souls of the masses through force and injustice only forces the seeds of dissension to grow. History has taught this lesson repeatedly. Perhaps, we'll learn the lesson this time.

07 June 2014

A Poem for Ukraine, Winners of the 4th Annual Finley Experience International Views Contest

Hi all! 

Here's the first poem for Ukraine, this year's first place winner of the 4th Annual Finley Experience International Views contest. Considering the serious and bloody situation in the Ukraine, I thought war might be the appropriate subject of this first poem.

On Civil War



Know ye not that death comes 
with war? What is this urge that drives 
the bella machina? A pastime once played 
by RPGing kings, later assimilated into the 
infrastructure of the military-industrial 
complex. Age, gender, these 
matter not when 



your inner 

I know not what to do to save any of us from the thick 
pools of red trickling down these shell-shocked streets.

June 2014 © Monique Finley

Pax et Poema.

02 June 2014

Winners of the 4th Annual Finley Experience "International Views" Contest

Welcome to the results for the 4th Annual Finley Experience "International Views" Contest!
Here are the final Page Views for the top nine countries.

United Kingdom

Ukraine took the lead this year, even with civil war raging in some of her eastern cities she managed 3768 views. That means that I now owe Ukraine a couple poems. Way to go, Ukraine, you really stepped up your game. Y'all finished in 6th place last year during the 3rd Annual Finley Experience "International Views" Contest.  

For the first time in the history of the contest, Russia fell from first to second place. No worries, you will still see a few works with Russia as subject, after all I still owe Russia a few poems from their previous wins. 

China fell to third place this year, after their surprising second place finale last year. Hey China, there's always the 5th Annual Finley Experience "International Views" Contest. Just get those views in. :)

I'd like to congratulate Israel for their fourth place finish. They're up from eighth place last year. 

Germany, France, and the United Kingdom fell from 3rd, 4th, and 5th places to 5th, 6th, and 7th places, respectively. 

Poland, you're hanging in there, but, I know you can do better. Let's see what you've got for the 5th Annual.

And, this year's 9th place Canada knocked Brazil completely off the leaderboard. Come on Brazil, you can make a comeback for the 5th Annual Finley Experience "International Views" Contest

Pax et Poema

5th Annual Finley Experience "International Views" Contest

Hi All!

The 5th Annual Finley Experience "International Views" Contest is underway!
It started June 1st, 2014 and ends May 31st, 2015.

Check out the rankings for previous winners:

4th Annual Winner: Ukraine
3rd Annual Winner: Russia
2nd Annual Winner: Russia
1st Annual Winner: Russia

Pax et Poema

Yahoo! Voices (Poem): Tommy UnderTheBridge (UPDATED 28July2016)

UPDATE: Tommy UnderTheBridge can now befound at the following link: http://poetry.finleyexperience.com/2016/07/poem-tommy-underthebridge.html


Who is it that gets you through your darkest days? Shows you how to survive in the face of horror and madness?

Read my poem Tommy UnderTheBridge on the Yahoo! Contributor Network.

What is your "Tommy's name"?

If you're feeling brave, then put your answer in the comments section below:

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