CONGRATULATIONS to Poetry Society Member Joanna Ingham, picked by Wendy Pratt as the winner of the inaugural Paper Swans Press competition for her poem ‘Scan’.
“Scan takes a complicated, emotionally difficult situation and transforms it into a landscape. It’s an imagery dense poem that never loses the metaphorical map, a poem which keeps the reader engaged from the first image of sliced tongue, to the helpless, quiet claustrophobia of mercury closing over the head of the narrator. It’s a monochrome poem, in which the narrator is small, transformed into a tiny lost traveller inside the vast landscape of an unknowable scan result, not knowing the direction they are expected to take. At the same time it manages to be personal, vulnerable and very moving. It’s an elegant poem, understated but rich in absolutely excellent imagery. A very worthy winner.”
Joanna grew up in Suffolk and now lives in Hertfordshire. She studied English Literature at the University of York, Theatre and Arts Management at Goldsmiths College and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College. On graduating from Birkbeck, she won the Michael Donaghy Prize for Poetry 2009. She has worked in education and project management roles in new writing theatre, literature development and museums.
Joanna had a second poem longlisted alongside fellow Poetry Society Members Jeanette Burton, Connie Ramsay Bott, Chris Kinsey, Kathryn Marshall, Hannah Hodgson, and Mike Farren.
Paper Swans are an independent press publishing poetry and flash fiction. They published the winning poetry pamphlet in the Saboteur Awards 2017.
9 June 2020