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Crabbe entry

A String of Shallots – Pam Job

A String of Shallots – Pam Job

2013 George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition – First Prize
Adjudicator: James Knox Whittet

A child, I helped you string shallots, one by one.
I passed you the tiny parcels in their brown paper skin
to be tied in bunches on a raffia length and hung high
on a nail in the shed to last us through winter.

Study To Be Quiet - Anne Boileau

STUDY TO BE QUIET - Anne Boileau

The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition
2012 Crabbe Memorial Competition - Second Prize
Adjudicator: Kenneth Steven

He sits under a willow tree
on the banks of a clear chalk stream.
In my coloured glass the river flows
through night and day and night.

At noon the sun casts pools of green,
of yellow, brown and blue –
they slide across the limestone flags
of Prior Silkstede's side chapel –
so mayflies dance, rushes nod,
warblers almost sing.

Caroline Gilfillan - Christina's World

CHRISTINA'S WORLD – Caroline Gilfillan

The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition
2012 Crabbe Memorial Competition - First Prize
Adjudicator: Kenneth Steven

On mild, peach-dew mornings Christina slipped out
early to collect blossoms from the garden
and roam the nearby fields, powder pink dress
running over the spring of her ribs, dipping,
slipping round the cool weight of her legs.

Bronze of a Black Girl - Marguerite Wood

The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition
1974 Crabbe Memorial Competition - Joint First Prize
Adjudicators: Jeni Couzyn, Christopher Hampton, Robert Dumper

BRONZE OF A BLACK GIRL
The Royal Academy, London, England

God, how it tore the heart out of me
When I saw it first, in the Academy,
The meagre child standing, empty
Bowl in outstretched hands.

The bronze extended the belly-ache
Of hunger to the gallery, yet I could not make
A poem of it. Perhaps the plenty
Of my home was like the brand