Billy Collins has chosen Poetry Society Member Vanessa Lampert‘s poem ‘Some Pleasures’ in second place in the Fish Publishing poetry prize. Vanessa wins a week in residence at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat in Ireland. All the winning poems will be published in the Fish Anthology 2020.
Billy said of Vanessa’s poem:
A version of “My Favorite Things” (Coletrane’s is my favorite version of the song), this poem presents us with such an interesting and varied list, there’s no way we can foresee the shocking humor of the last lines. A sparkling exercise in imagination and restraint to a point.
Vanessa recently completed an MA in writing poetry at the Poetry School. Since she works full time as an acupuncturist, something had to give so she gave up exercise and housework, saying these sacrifices were ‘easy as hell’. She now needs a lie down and a massage after walking up a single flight of stairs. Since lockdown she has hoovered round resentfully and has no plan to repeat this in the foreseeable.
Fish Publishing, based in West Cork, Ireland, publish an annual anthology featuring Fish Short Story, One-Page, Memoir and Poetry prize-winners. They encourage and promote new writers.
9 June 2020