Poetry Competition – Deadline 31 August 2016 – Judge Peter Bland

three takaheHow are the poems coming along???

I cleared the P O Box today.  Special thanks to all those well organised poets who have posted early. The deluge of entries that arrive close to the deadline date can be overwhelming!

Thought I would share with you some of the things that I like about winter:

No hayfever, cold frosty mornings and clear days, sleeping trees, cinnamon on my latte (that’s trim for me –  thanks) and Christmas is still six months away. Ho Ho Ho.

Beware: before you know it Snoopy and the Red Baron will be zooming around the Mall. Get cracking on those poems and don’t be caught short. Remember to leave yourself enough time for a decent edit and don’t forget an inspiring title. Titles matter, trust me, first impressions and all that.

I’m leaving the last word for David Howard, our 2014 judge. He said in his Poetry Competition 2014 Judge’s report Poets are good when they use their linguistic insight to see beyond what is visible.   And  For me the most precious aspect of poetry is its capacity to capture, perhaps even to create, intimacy.

Happy writing.

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