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Promised Land – Pam Job

The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition
2016 Crabbe Memorial Competition - First Prize
Adjudicator: Moniza Alvi

cover your eyes

that shed no light on us

I know love must lie here

though my mind is unhinged

dancing among fireflies

I have seen bodies

by the fluttering palm fronds

yes we have forgotten who we are

who sold us off so cheap

their fathers perhaps

but the children miss

Swallow – Jim Green

The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition
2017 Crabbe Memorial Competition - First Prize
Adjudicator: Esther Morgan

I would say to my friend
who is learning to speak
that there are things we can spoil
if we talk of them too much

Home, for instance, is best built
not by these words
but by the dark blink
of that bird
spitting mud
from the wing
at that wall
and not stopping
until its mouth
has over and over said
home

 

Chamber Organ – Caroline Price

Castle Grant, 1766

The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition
2018 Crabbe Memorial Competition - First Prize
Adjudicator: André Mangeot

They lie back replete
in their padded seats, bibs spotted
from dismantling the birds they shot earlier

and prepare for the magic he's promised, their host
tiny at the acanthus-­swagged mahogany,
his hands as they dance
between octaves and stops