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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!
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.
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
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