Soaking up the words: last chance to have your poem on beermat

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You could have your poem printed on a beermat as one of 10 shortlisted poets in Bradford on Avon arts festival’s competition. Send in a poem of up to 12 lines on the festival’s theme of Light. If it’s chosen as one of the 10 best entries, it will be printed, together with your name, on beermats to be placed in local pubs in September. The overall winner will also receive a £200 cash prize. Judging the poems will be Martin Malone, editor of The Interpreter’s House magazine. The deadline is 30 July. More details 

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Dominic James

Sat 6th Sep 2014 15:08

Fair enough, the standard was pretty good, beats my attempt (drink in the pauses) and I guess that's Travis Brow out too - what did you think Andy?

Thirst for Light

in shallow rays on threads of winding dust,
spread wide through window panes, glasses become
the vessels of a luminescent auburn
spilt fresh from distant lakes and tarns, refined
to usquebaugh (fire water) but in my reach
only the beer – well-filtered down, drawn
from valley shine on tumbling limestone paths
collecting heads of froth: this rich-stained brew
makes ale the summer sunlight strewn by birch
the juice of hill and sky – and gladly drunk

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Greg Freeman

Fri 5th Sep 2014 19:46

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