Our guest judge Vivien Jones made an initial shortlist of twelve entries from the over sixty entries sent to her. From this longlist she selected her three winners and these are the remainder that are all highly commended.
In her own words.
“None of the submissions was less than interesting, several with no placing in the competition, would merit publication in any national magazine.”
The Commended Poets are in no order other than that in which they were received.
Judges Comments: Some lovely language, a couple of the poems really stood out, plus a couple I couldn’t make head nor tail of.
Christine Valters Paintner
Judges Comments:These read better as prose poems – not sure why they are set out in verses – but the fables are beautifully told and a pamphlet of prose poems could be very good.
Judges Comments: Sparkling language – not so fond of lists in poems, But some intriguing linkages and juxtapositions.
Judges Comments: Lively and healthily erotic.
Judges Comments: Strong language – strong themes, well executed.
Judges Comments: Tight connection with nature – unsentimental and well formed
Judges Comments: Vivid and captivating writing. Strong feel for the wild.
Judges Comments: This writer creates a snow globe of poetry – parts fall and settle into the page.
Judges Comments: Touching collection of family memories.
The entire collection of commended poets, including biography, will be featured individually on The Blue Nib website between now and December 14th.