'Princess' was commended in the 2018 National Poetry Competition.

From the judges: "There’s a just-so-ness about this poem. The poem’s form, its subject and its dimensions seem particularly well-matched. Not a lot happens – a little girl is lifted into a tree. Yet the feeling is hallucinatory and woozy, and seems to capture some of the intensity of a child’s-eye view of the world. There’s experimental use of typography, but without any of the feeling of dryness or detachedness that concrete poetry sometimes possesses; the moment is so naturally integrated into the little narrative described, the declining characters seeming to chronicle the child’s giddy ascent into the tree. The poem is cute without being twee, innovative without being obscure, short without being slight. ‘mushrooms shriek’ is a particularly vivid and cartoon-like expression of the pathetic fallacy, and a great ending to a poem." - Mark Waldron


by Amaury Wonderling

the leaves crispy
like bacon
my yellow wellies all drooly because
I once danced too close to the campfire

poplar     poplar      oak
pushpins holding the world

poplar sweet chestnut Nick spots a creepy face in the bark broken t

up you go Princess up up up                        good girl

mushrooms shriek

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