The winner of the first ever Candlestick Press/Cloud Appreciation Society (CAS) poetry competition is Poetry Society Member Lesley Saunders with her poem ‘Hazy, Massed, Dappled.’ Second prize is awarded to fellow Member Sarah Westcott for her poem ‘Flight.’ Both will feature in Candlestick’s forthcoming pamphlet Ten Poems about Clouds to be published in the summer.
Eight poets were highly commended, including Poetry Society Members Michael Brown, Jonathan Davidson, and Caroline Hammond, and their poems will appear on the Candlestick and CAS websites.
Judge Katharine Towers is assistant editor at Candlestick Press and Poet-in-Residence at CAS. She says:
“While judging the competition I read over 600 poems that flew in from all over the world. I was struck by the thrilling variety in the responses. The two winning poems are strikingly different, but each does what Emily Dickinson says a poem should do and ‘tells it slant.’ All ten successful poems make that all-important imaginative leap into the beguiling or the unexpected – and not one of them settles for simply describing a cloud!”
Click on the titles below to read each poem.
Cloud Break Michael Brown
Musings on Board Spacecraft Oasis 1 Jeanette Burton
8.04pm Miriam Calleja
Nudging Clouds Shirley Anne Cook
Clouding Over Jonathan Davidson
Cloud Souls Louise Greig
Cloud Content Caroline Hammond
The Cloud Collector Christopher James
16 May 2017