'Do not indulge indigo' was the second prize winner of the 2018 National Poetry Competition.

From the judges: "'Do not indulge indigo' haunted me from my first reading of it. It is a poem that refuses to be silent – the text and the white space which are its ordering principle pushing against each other constantly. It is a poem of contradictions – and this is hinted at even in the title, with its use of an imperative contrasted with the word ‘indulge’, forewarning the reader that both darkness and playfulness are ahead. Any repetition in poetry draws attention to language itself, and the repeated use of the word ‘indigo’ excavates the possibilities of the word as both simple sound, and holder of transforming meaning. Reading this poem aloud in the jduges meeting, we all felt silence settle over us and knew we’d found something special." - Kim Moore

Do not indulge indigo

by Katie Griffiths

The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote “a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry”.  Since then, it has grown into one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally.  Today it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes The Poetry Review.

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🚨New poetry challenge about Mary Wollstonecraft!🚨 Who is Mary? A treasure-hunter, philosopher & Frankenstein's gran. With Mary on the Green we're challenging poets aged 5-25 to respond to her life and works for publication and prizes! Find out more: bit.ly/marychallenge Retweeted by The Poetry Society

In honour of the baby robins who hatched this very morning in the Keats-Shelley Twitter Shed, Emily Dickinson's The Robin is One. Read it here: bit.ly/KSRobins (NB We didn't take the photo. We're leaving the nest alone, save for scattering some mealworms nearby). Retweeted by The Poetry Society

Today is #pocketpoem Day Clip out or print this poem and carry it with you to share throughout your day. 'I know you only invited me in for a coffee, but' by Natalie @redbaronski (Natalie Shaw) poetrysociety.org.uk/poems/i-know-y…

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Poetry in Your Pocket Day: 'Song of Myself' (Verse 52) by Walt Whitman eu.courierpostonline.com/story/life/201…

I often feel moved to tears/anger listening to Raymond Antrobus talk about Deafness so appreciated EB's comment "maybe to be moved is to be educated" - yes soundcloud.com/poetrysociety/… Retweeted by The Poetry Society

Instagram Poetry: You Might As Well Accept It – Daily Utah Chronicle dailyutahchronicle.com/2019/04/17/ins…

🙏 MASSIVE CONGRATS to @PoetrySociety Member @theresa_lola - announced as the new Young Poet Laureate for London poetrysociety.org.uk/news/young-poe…

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And the new @STWevents #youngpeopleslaureate for #London is.... @theresa_lola. She will champion young people's #mentalhealth and #selfcare in the role. Huge congrats to this bold #poet @LDN_gov @SynergiCC Retweeted by The Poetry Society