2022 POETRY COMPETITION WINNERS
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.
“new perspective to a familiar scene with razor sharp language”
“excoriates the literary scene with an effulgence of images”
“take a couple of refrains from the Cohen song and blows them out of the water”
"A highly crafted prose poem exploring love and life."
"wonderful clarity that serves so well to illuminate the subject of mental decline"
"explores a remarkable life in the bush and on the docks”
"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."
“a ballad with twists”
"A truely masterful exploration of use of the whole page as a canvas for the creation of poetic experience entire."
"a complex disturbing exposition"
LOCAL SHORT LIST
Elizabeth Blackmore The She, Cat Power
Theodore Brooks Augustus Addresses the Senate
Maureen Clark Menindee
Deb Hunt Alien
Alexandra Rosenblum Black Cloth
Don Stewart Baaka
Jen Thompson The Scrap of ‘92
Joanne Whyte Cool Cotton Sheets, The Dreaming
Michele Connolly My Mind Is Mad
Georgia Dixon Pretty Drifters
Shey Marque Shooting Cloud at the Sky
Norm Neill writing a house
Doug Jaquier Bach to the future
Jan Price take this dance
Lesley Synge Old Comrade, Interviewed
David Terelinck folding linen at the lodge, A Smudge of Black