The Short Poem Competition had 395 entries so it isn’t too inaccurate to describe the Final Four Poems in this way.
Here, as chosen by the outside judge Picador poet Rachael Boast are the results which were announced at the end of yesterday’s truly amazing Best Ever Afternoon of Good Poetry in Bath.
JOINT FIRST PRIZE
Claire Dyer for In Chinese and Rosie Jackson for John Donne Arriving in Heaven
Louise Green for Sieste with Jean Gabriel
Jonathan Steffen for Road Atlas
Congratulations to these four hugely talented poets. When I retrieve my belongings from Queen Square tomorrow, I will write up the Cafe Judges’ admiring comments about all the listed poems which were shared in the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution yesterday afternoon. First though I need to wake up from brilliant open air post-competition celebrations at Carluccio’s with the lovely authors of Ghost Notes, Above Lamorna and Guinevere’s Gown and a young german shepherd called Tosca.
The never-ending delights of poetry, poetry friendships and prosecco…