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JUDGE PAYNE BRINGS SOME RELIEF.... THE NEW FORTNIGHT POETRY PRIZE SHORTLIST

SPECS PLEASE, EVERY FORTNIGHT
 
Every 14 days, the Fortnight Prize throws wide the net and offers up 14 shortlisted poems, one of which wins £140... here is this fortnight's shortlist... winner to be announced tomorrow... congratulations to all the many poets from around the world who entered, and especially the 14 poets here (at least one alias, I suspect).... this list judged by our managing editor, Alexandra Payne...
1. ‘Back to the Earth’ by Amy Lundquist
2. ‘Banal Apocalypse’ by David Braziel
3. ‘Dead Dog’ by Lynda Tavakoli
4. ‘Euclid Refuted’ by Daniel Cowper
5. ‘Follow You’ by Colin Dardis
6. ‘For a Catfish’ by Ellen Kempler
7. ‘Helen Keller Meets Charlie Chaplin on a Hollywood Film Set 1919’ by Jane Lovell
8. ‘Help of the Helpless’ by Ken Evans
9. ‘Love Song for Marcello Alfredo’ by Daniela Buccilli
10. ‘My One-Year Old Niece’ by Vik Shirley
11. ‘Q&A’ by Michelle Peñaloza
12. ‘Reading a Novel’ by Samuel Son
13. ‘Take Today’ by Wes Lee
14. ‘The Trampoline’ by Orfinn Ani

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Life Jacket

summer camp shirtsI couldn’t fit in then
are half my size nowI wanted to wear
smaller and smallerarticles of clothing
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