52 Hertz Competition Results

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Hello all you 52 Hertz readers and writers out there.  I'd like to announce the results of our recent competition and reflect a little on all the lovely feedback I had from voters.    Not everyone chose to explain their vote, but I've included here some of the more salient comments.  If your poem doesn't feature in comments, that's not to say someone didn't vote for it - just that they were in a rush!


On the whole, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who took time to vote  - also glad to see that the votes spanned a wide range of poets/poems - not just the top 4.   For me, it all went to prove that our tastes in poetry are incredibly diverse - also that appreciation of a poem can't be determined by the number of comments on the blog.


In first place,

by quite some margin, was Cate with her poem 'The Last Song', a hauntingly ominous piece, which imagines the plight of the last remaining member of a species.  I have printed a copy of the poem at the end of this blog, for those of you who haven't had chance to read it.

'This poem has a nice flow to it and really conveys the solitude of the whale.'

'The last song...for its inclusiveness of oceanic scenery,
the slaughter, and the making it a threnody'


In second place

came Rachel Bond with her epic poem 'Whale Song'

'What can I say... Profound thoughts and feelings that take you on its spiritual journey.'

'stunning prose that captured the mood of the topic well and was well crafted and literate'


In third place

there was a tie between John Coopey and Dave Bradley both of whom rather conveniently called their poem '52 Hertz'.


On John Coopey's    -     ' Poignant, evocative, wistful. '     ' Love it - simple, yet profound.'


On Dave Bradley's -  'slightly offbeat take on the theme - but resonated with despair and  

                                     loneliness'    ' for its concentrating on need.'



There were many comments on all of the work, but just a few that I'd like to share, as those voters had put some thought into it.


The Project   - Ian Whitely  'cos it's well-crafted and original'   ' Not sure if this really conforms to the theme of 52 Hertz but a great work anyway and another one set out and structured in an interesting way.

Passing -  Harry O'Neil    'A well crafted and ingenious piece with typical Harry naughtiness and inventiveness.'     ' cos it's poignant and funny.'

Echo - Francine  'cos the last 6 lines have stayed with me and that's rare.'

Solitude - Lynn Dye   'Quirky kind of sad.'

Of Katy and Narcissus  - Katypoetess   'A lovely work which conveys a real sadness and has a interesting structure to it which really works.'


Finally,  I feel honour-bound to fess up the fact that Cate happens to be my sister.  There have been many times in my life when I've wished I wasn't related to her - but none more so than now!  Darn it - what can I say?  My votes and records are available for scrutiny should anyone suspect foul play.


On the issue of prizes - I had been planning to award the worthy winner with a Swarovski crystal, diamond encrusted whale figurine - but since it's you Cate - a bunch of plastic carnations is winging its way...


Seriously now - since 3 of the winners are within striking distance of the Tudor in Wigan - (WriteOutLoud's premier North-West performance poetry venue), I shall award prizes at the next gathering in September.   John Coopey - please let me have an address and I will post you something.  I had been hoping to send you a booby prize, but since I'm paying for postage, I'll make sure they're light weight and inflatable... 


I've really loved running the competition and reading all the entries.  I couldn't have done it without all you wonderful poets out there  - so a big thank you to everyone who wrote poems, read poems and voted on poems - you're simply the best! 


Isobel x





Dim are the depths and deep are the dives

As he glides on his solitary way

Through forests of fronze and rainbowed reefs

Round rocks where the guillemots play



Past silvering sands and palm dappled beach

And out to the oceans embrace

He follows the path that his ancestors took

The last of his line and his race.



Is ancestral memory absorbed from the past

Of whalers who slaughtered his kin?

With harpoons that ripped, spilling guts, letting blood

For a gland, or a tooth, or a fin?



Does he see as he cruises the vast lonely waste

The sun bleached bones of his kind?

The carcasses rotted and scavenger stripped

The fate of his race sealed and signed?



You may hear him sometimes as he journeys alone

And sings to the set of the sun

For the saddest of sounds is the song of the whale

As he calls to his brothers long gone.


By Cate


52 Hertz

◄ Voting for the 52 hertz comp

Beautiful ►


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Mon 22nd Jul 2013 09:49

Hi Rachel - I'd love to get you one of those lovely little ornaments but when I've priced them up they are hundreds of pounds. But don't worry - I'll get you the nearest thing I can afford - they come a lot cheaper in plastic!

Look forward to seeing you soon. x

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Rachel Bond

Sun 21st Jul 2013 00:32

isobel...can i have that lovely dolphin ornament?

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Wed 17th Jul 2013 20:59

And very many people did Rachel. If you're around for the September Tudor, I'll make sure you get the prize - which I haven't bought yet!

Awww - I love the way you've remembered 52 Hertz - we've come full circle and it still makes me sad - here's hoping eh?


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Rachel Bond

Wed 17th Jul 2013 16:31

Thanks to anyone taking time to read or vote for my poem. I enjoyed the theme. Look forward to another. Bless 52...i hope that somehow some whale answers him xxx

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Steve Higgins

Thu 11th Jul 2013 12:47

Congratulations Cate, lovely work,

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Cate Greenlees

Thu 11th Jul 2013 12:39

Greetings to you all, and many thanks for your lovely comments and votes!
I was both delighted and surprised to win this. Delighted which is self explanatory,and surprised because I am not a frequent visitor to your site and not well known, and because my entry is traditional in style and composition which is sometimes viewed (erroneously in my opinion} as somewhat passe by the modernists. It is good to see such diverse and interesting takes on a common theme, and can only thank Isobel {however much she wishes she wasn`t my sister!)for making me put pen to paper after a long abstinence from this creative field
And do not even think of giving me paste or sending me plastic flowers Isobel you muppet! Both my pet hates as you well know! A steady supply of GnTs at the next Tudor will suffice! Poor John, I hate to think what your booby prize will turn out to be......the mind boggles, but do let us all know!!
Best wishes to you all
Cate xx

Rose Casserley

Wed 10th Jul 2013 10:33

'simply the best'-woooh!!
better than Ye Olde Wooden Spoon!

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David Blake

Wed 10th Jul 2013 10:29

Well done Cate. A very worthy winner indeed.

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 9th Jul 2013 22:20

well done Cate - great poem and worthy winner. Thanks for organising the competition so well Isobel :-)

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Dave Bradley

Tue 9th Jul 2013 16:55

A worthy winner. Congratulations Cate. Well done for organising this Izz. Expect you had a whale of time doing it

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Harry O'Neill

Tue 9th Jul 2013 00:13

Congratulations Cate,
Well done!

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John Coopey

Mon 8th Jul 2013 23:47

Congratulations, Cate, and excellent job in the organising, Isobel.
I didn't offer any comment on my vote (for Cate, as it happens) but essentially I felt it was better by a country mile than anything the rest of us offered. You don't post anywhere near enough, Cate.
As for the booby prize? What can I say?
Thanks for the mammary.

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Mon 8th Jul 2013 23:10

Félicitations à tout le monde qui a participé !

Great subject and kudos to YOU, Isobel, for doing a fantastic job (as always) in running the comp! And it got me writing again! XXXXX

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