National Year of Reading - Poetry competition
The Library recently ran a student poetry competition, as part of the National Year of Reading.
We were impressed with the number and calibre of entries we received and we know our academic judges had a tough job selecting our winners.
Congratulations to our two winners - we hope you enjoy reading their poems as much as we did!
WINNER first prize - Dave Harris for his poem “Aquamemoria”.
WINNER second prize - Pete Mawhinney for his poem “My own worst enemy”.
A wafer thin gull dives in vain
Surfacing with no more than a glare
I mutter a cold shanty to her;
of graveyards of crooked coral teeth
standing sentinel over un-shoaled channels
of heavy anchored piles of
cetacean ribs swaying relentlessly:
the lost arches of some great white unmade bridge
of a body flowing constantly back into itself
licking at its gathering wounds
as we cut swathes,
wrench open liquid space
sink our sins into this deep though limitable main
‘til sun-creased sailors sing out ‘she can bear no more’.
Steering west, skating over the surface,
Sun dying off the prow, songs behind us
Sea-mist gathers red on the brim of my sou’wester.
My own worst enemy
the battle begins
nearest and dearest
amongst things that are lost
to my mind
my mind in matte.
on edge a
i could fall in a breeze
stuck in the sludge
struck in the gut
i can't breathe or wheeze
forced to fight
ego no more
a defence must i
the couch where i speak
rummage and peek
with soft spots
for purging and cleansing