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2019 Competition NOW OPEN

Poets of the Month:
Apr 19

Spring Festival last few places

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2018 competition: winning poems

poetry latest Issue, 21

poetry Guidelines

poetry Issue 20 extracts now online

Poem of the Month (to Oct17)

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Daphne Gloag

latest Remote Workshop Perceptions of Time

Competition prior year Results


*** Poetry Competition – now open ***

*** Latest publication: The Last Parent, by Anne Stewart. Now out £9.95. ***
(and Book Club offer, 6 copies for £40 plus feedback) see books***

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Poets of the Month (& see sample poem below, by Ruth Hanchett)

Featured Poets, April 2019 straight to poems

Ann Alexander, To the front, as night is falling
Carolyn O’Connell, Diamonds
Dorothy Baird, It Never Stops
Jane McLaughlin, The Lacemaker Travels to Seville
Justina Hart, A Wire to Grief
Margaret Wilmot, Clay-Lady
Moya Pacey, Smalls
Ruth Hanchett, Endgame
Susan Davies, 23 Fitzroy Road, Primrose Hill
Wendy French, London Dry


Sample poem (selected at random)


Walked by your river this morning.
Sunless. Clouds longed to let go
their rain. Boats clung
to their moorings. Cafés closed.
Ward windows struggle to bring in
trees and sky – your river
too far away.
You lie in bed, soft-skinned
downy arms by your sides,
hair wispy as a dandelion clock,
whitely transparent, face bone-cheeked.
Your ‘yeses’ are baby birds,
tiny attempts to fly out
of your mind into mine. Your eyes
speak. You open your mouth
to be fed. Wait. Clamp it shut.

Ruth Hanchett

Endgame won the Segora International Poetry Prize in 2016


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