Competition 2012: Judge’s Report – Neil Astley

The process of judging a poetry competition can feel like a bombardment: hundreds of poems all clamouring for attention, almost crying out Choose me! I’m the poem you want! It’s something of …

The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out

The perspective is unfamiliar. We hadn’t looked back driving in and lingered too long at the viewpoint. It was a prime-of-life experience. Many things we know by their effects: void …

Bird (1st prize: 2012 Competition)

When I became a bird, Lord, nothing could not stop me.   The air feathered as I knelt by my open window for the charm – black on gold, last …

Reshaping the Fable

Somhairle Macgill-Eain (Sorley Maclean) Caoir Gheal Leumraich / White Leaping Flame: Collected Poems (Edited by Christopher Whyte and Emma Dymock) Polygon £25.00   Gaelic for Scots who do not speak …

2012 Competition: Commended Poems

Rosalind Hudis Rupture   There are days she stares at the kettle, but can’t retrieve ts connection to water. Or days when the dry bristles of her brush remind her …