We are delighted to announce the results of the 8th annual Havant Open Poetry Competition. Congratulations to all the prize winners and especially to Anna Kisby who is the first person to win any prize in this competition with a prose poem.
Our thanks to our adjudicator this year, Stephanie Norgate and our tireless administrator, Maureen Houghton.
First Prize of £400 – Wild (a prose poem) by Anna Kisby from Devon
Second Prize of £150 – His Usual Theft by Philip Burton from Lancashire
Third Prize of £50 – Home by John Froy from Berkshire
Unpublished Poet Prize £100 – Langstone Marshes by Richard Senior from Hampshire
COMMENDED (in no particular order)
Alligator by Anna Kisby
Clog Field by Julie Mellor
Beached Jellyfish by Roger Elkin
A Bee Finds Itself by Eve Jackson
Taken by the tide by John Foggin
Beauty and the Beast by Annette Volfing
Why are we in Vietnam? by Fokkina MacDonlad
Stone Moss Metal Plastic by Catherine Faulds
The Winning Entry
Because my in-laws – your parents Hank and Joan – did tax that year for the Minnesota State Fair
I was granted Access-All-Areas and met the lion-tamer. He was Kurt Cobain-handsome – dissolute,
a thing of beauty, track-marked, claw-scarred, both. He looked how we all wanted to look
in our Levis and workboots – the real deal. You’d given me the slip again, adventuring God knows
where, so I bought an ice-cream cone and tracked him down slant against the cage.
To hear a lion roar sets off alarms in the belly, even one with fur like a held-close toy, worn through
in patches, a ribbon in its mane. The lion-tamer caught my wrist, John Denver singing take me
home, pushed my hand clean though the bars, held it there while the lion took a lick. After all
these years, you write from the city – there is no place for wild things here – and I remember you
already lost to me, the same vanilla on my lips on his, on the tongue of that caged beast.