Given Words, which is an annual National Poetry Day competition in which poets are given several words to make a poem, has now put up this years selection, including winning poems by Lily Holloway and Thalia Peterson.
This is one of two fun given words events I took part in this year! My poem, ‘After the flight’, is included in the selection, which you can read here: Given Words, 2019. There are some really cool poems here, all containing the same 5 words (be sure to check out the under 16s section). The poems were judged by Charles Olsen, Mikaela Nyman, and Clare Arnot, and the competition was supported by The Landing Press.
Much to my excitement, my poem ‘Redefinite’ has come first in Joanna Preston‘s amazing 24 Hour Poetry Competition.
It was a really fun event, in which contestants had just 24 hours to write a poem using 10 supplied words, on National Poetry Day. Participants then got to read a bunch of the submitted poems as we voted for Audience choice (Mark Edgecomb), and then we have the winner, runner up (Kirstie McHale), and Organizer’s Husband’s Choice (Briar Lawry) as well. Prizewinners received poetry books, courtesy of Victoria University Press. It was a timely reminder, for me, of the productive, generative element of chance and constraint, & really made me look twice at each of the words we were given. It is a revelation seeing the variety of poems that were produced – the ones we got to read were excellent. Moreover, we were well taken care of – there was even an Emergency Sloth Video on the day, for those of us who were flagging!