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Les Wicks has completed judging the Silver Tree Poetry Competition.

He has chosen the poems he thinks are most effective from the whole competition and from the local entrants.

The winners and highly commended poets in both sections were announced on 14th April at the Broken Hill  Art Exchange,

Les read the poems he has chosen and told us why he chose them. 

Open Winner

David Terelinck

Smudge of Black 

Les’ comment 

 “new perspective to a familiar scene with razor sharp language”

 Highly Commended

 Norman Neil

Writing a house

Les’ comment

 “excoriates the literary scene with an effulgence of images”

Jan Price

Take this Dance

Les’ comment 

“take a couple of refrains from the Cohen song and blows them out of the water”


Shey Marque

Shooting cloud at sky

 Les’ comment

"A highly crafted prose poem exploring love and life."

Michele Connolly

my mind is mad

Les’ comments

"wonderful clarity that serves so well to illuminate the subject of mental decline"

Lesley Synge

Old Comrade Interviewed

Les’ comment

"explores a remarkable life in the bush and on the docks”

Local Winners

 Jen Thompson

 The scrap of 92

Les’ comment

"this was another formalist piece with a wonderful use of unexpected rhyme. Structurally faultless and displaying a depth of research plus area knowledge. One dammed fine poem."

 Highly Commended

Don Stewart


Les’ comment

“a ballad with twists”

 Theodore Brooks

Augustus Addresses the Senate

Les’ comment.

"A truely masterful exploration of use of the whole page as a canvas for the creation of poetic experience entire."

Alexandra Rosenblum 

 Black Cloth

Les’ comment

"a complex disturbing exposition"

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