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The 2019 takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize Long List is Published

Not long now until summer and the next issue of takahē, which will be out in time for Christmas and will include the results of our Monica Taylor poetry competition.  But the long list is already published. You can access it here.

Congratulations to all those listed. Thanks, too, to those of you who entered and to our lovely judge, Cilla McQueen.

 

And now it’s over….

The 2019 takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize has closed

Thanks so much to everyone who entered. The judging is now in process…. And the results will be announced on our competitions page and in the December print issue of takahē.

Sorry, we don’t have another competition about to run but there will be one in due course. Keep checking our website for announcements.

And you can continue to submit – poems, flash fiction and short fiction –  the editors are looking forward to reading your work.

Hebe

suburban pukeko

you walk silly, my big-footed bumbler,
without full control, the legs awarded you
end in the orange spiders of your feet.

you are way further up that tree
than you should be, clinging desperately
and with much feather flapping
as the wind tries to dethrone you.

I have seen your friends already
teetering along the neighbour’s fence top,
they are like plump blue acrobats in white bloomers.
what are they doing up there?

your kind are over-confident, my bumbler,
ill-suited for heights, yet high you climb
up trees, fences, rooves and vines

always completely clumsy
and without apology.