I am utterly thrilled to announce that one of my poems was selected as a runner up in the Prole Laureate Poetry Prize 2014!
This year I’ve been making an effort to enter my work into competitions and journals, and it’s really heartening to see it paying off.
The poem I wrote is called Not all bees make honey. I have to give credit to Becca Audra for helping me to get it started in a workshop, and for encouraging me as I rewrote it four hundred times.
Here’s a wee teaser:
Not all bees make honey
Your skin spread with honey
spooned up while I lounge in
bed and wait to drink your
bitter morning kiss, claim
your cold, sugar-stirred mouth.
You lift my heavy limbs again.
You can read the rest of the poem on the competition page here, and, of course, you can read it in the latest issue of Prole!
It is £4 for a .pdf copy of Issue 13 (which will get you over a hundred pages of fantastic prose and poetry, including my winning poem :D), or £5.50 for a hard copy in the post. Buy it here!
Also, just so this post isn’t all about self-congratulation, here’s another couple of #NaPoWriMo14 snippets.
She was expecting chubby cheeks and blue eyes,
sleepless nights and screaming blue murder,
with staring eyes
We won’t know
how to take the screaming: we’ll turn
on each other. It’s all we know,
finding shrillness in our voices
and violence in our hands.
criticism on our tongues and
heat in our cheeks.