I won the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Prize (in the ‘open’ category) for 2016, with my poem ‘flower of distant season’.
Here is what the judges had to say:
‘We loved the way the poet wrapped a story around this artwork, addressing it directly, creating a relationship with it, whilst never becoming overly anthropomorphic.
Its unusual structure and line pattern, six by two lines, and the elegant use of enjambment carries the reader onto the next miniature verse, in a way reinforcing the individuality and delicacy of the panes of glass. A beautifully considered and crafted poem, worthy of the first prize.’
Thank you to the judges for awarding my first and only prize for poetry.
The poem was based on the art piece ‘I found you in the garden. Someone left you there’ by Hannah Bertram. You can see the art here. The poem had to be a maximum of 12 lines, which was more challenging that I expected, even though I don’t write ‘long’ poems.
Here is the poem:
flower of distant season
did you reflect on the possibility
that your glass could still
bloom, gift organic beauty to grime,
stack your chances on the mosses
that comspire to dress you?
these layers were sand once, no
use denying it: your hue still
hints ocean, but is opaque about
soft clarity of youth - fluids that
moved you before winter overlapped,
etched a memory on stiffening skin
some flower of distant season.