Poetry Society Member Mab Jones (Pontypridd) is the winner of the second Aurora Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Valli Takes a Bath’. Fellow Member Peter Wallis (Norwich), commended in the 2016 National Poetry Competition, was second with ‘Croissant’, and Members Kerry Darbishire (Cumbria), and Charlotte Baldwin (London) were Highly Commended.
I step through a hatch of shadow and we’re
nose to trunk, my white eye drawn up to that one
which is liquid as amber, brown as a coconut,
tufted lashes thick as the brush the monk uses
to soap the creature clean.
From ‘Valli Takes a Bath’
In selecting the winning poems, judge Penelope Shuttle said they felt like poems that “needed to be written” and quoted D H Lawrence, “If writing isn’t fun, don’t do it”.
You can read all the winning and commended poems and stories in a free online anthology, Cut the Clouds.
The Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction Open Competition 2017 Prize Awards took place at Bromley House Library in Nottingham, on Wednesday 21 June.
The winning poems and short stories selected by judges Penelope Shuttle are:
1st Prize: Valli Takes a Bath by Mab Jones
2nd Prize: Croissant by Peter Wallis
3rd Prize: Grains by A.F. Paterson
Stonewood Press Prize for Regional Writing: Fallopian Tubes on a Scan by Caroline Stancer
Sphagnum Moss by Kerry Darbishire
A Place Called Solomon by Liz Lefroy
Ravens at the Tower by Jan Norton
The drum and the settlement by Caroline Gilfillan
Forecaster by Caroline Price
One of a Kind by Panya Banjoko
Bubble casting in the Kingdom of the Bears by Charlotte Baldwin
Something Like Dawn by Roberta Dewa
The Songbird by Maria Taylor
Mote by Mr Peacock
30 June 2017