C.I. Marshall’s poem,”Homing Pigeons” will be included in Poems in the Waiting Room Winter Poetry Cards for over 20,000 surgery offices in the UK.
Thank you very much indeed for kindly offering Poems in the Waiting Room some of your beautiful poetry. We shall be so delighted to include your poem ‘Homing Pigeon’ in PitWR’s forthcoming Winter poetry card (due out towards the end of December). It’s very special to think that your poem will whisk patients away in their minds eye to that bench in Saint James Park where they may watch with you your city flock.
We are delighted to announce the winners poets of the 2018 Verve Poetry Competition, as judged by celebrated poet Luke Kennard. Congratulations to all our winners and a huge thank you to everyone around the world that entered the Verve Poetry Competition this year!
‘Myself as a Playboy Bunny.’ This is one of the first poems I read in the judging process and it set the bar very high. I kept returning to it to re-read and got something new out of it each time. I love the sharpness of the voice, the resistance to commodified sexuality and the celebration of sexual expression; ultimately an engaging sense of defiance and a profound sense of place. There’s something of the style of Wallace Stevens here for me: it’s at once intimate and resists easy interpretation; exquisitely detailed and still dream-like and visionary. You can get lost in it, and it’s a great pleasure to do so.
First Prize (£500) Consuelo Marshall – ‘Myself as Playboy Bunny’
Second Prize (£250) Jacqueline Saphra – ‘Shoreditch’
Third Prize (worth £100) Claire Trévien – ‘Brain as a City’
My poem is contained in It All Radiates Outwards: The Verve’s Anthology of City Poems