Suffolk-based Poetry Society Member Caroline Gill is third in this year’s Write Out Loud Milestones Competition, judged by Brian Patten, for her poem ‘Penwith Finger Stone’. Brian Patten said:
“This poem focuses on a literal milestone in Cornwall, its small-scale granite simplicity set against the vastness of the county’s better-known stone landmarks and monoliths (‘Zennor Quoit, Robin’s Rocks, Great Zawn, Gurnard’s Head. . . ‘) that frame the poem like a shipping forecast. What stands out for me here is the awe of the narrator, his or her fascination and respect for the monument – and the way in which tiny details (was the engraver left-handed?) draw the reader ever closer to the physical reality of the stone and its meaning.”
The competition was won by John Baylis Post, with Stephen Devereux second. In addition, two other Poetry Society Members were commended: Mark Fiddes (The Future Perfect Tense’), and Philip Burton (‘Dividend’).
One or more poems by the following shortlisted poets will also be included in the Milestones competition anthology, to be published later this year. Those shortlisted poets are: Abigail Meeke, Alexis Wolfe, Amy Bleasdale, Cadi Carter Brown, Catherine Edmunds, Dave Morgan, Di Slaney, Emma Hughes, Gaia Holmes, Gavin Bryce, Giles Constable, Hilary Walker, Janet Lees, Jennie E Owen, Jonathan Humble, Kavita A Jindal, Lindsay Reid, Lucilla Bellucci, Lynne Taylor, Mariama Ifode, Pamela Gormally, Paul Howarth, Rob Walton, Rodney Wood, Roger Elkin, Russell Jones, Sally Davis, Susan Utting, and Tracy Davidson.
The competition was on the theme of milestones, physical or metaphorical. The Milestone Society, established in 2001, has gathered records of over 20,000 milestones, guide posts and tollhouses still existing in the UK in a mission to tell the world about what these represent, the history of our highways and the people who travelled along them.
1 September 2017