Our recent London themed competition was a huge success and we would love to thank the poet Clare Pollard for being such an excellent judge.
We are very proud and pleased to publish a selection of the winners’ poetry on our site as well as in our magazine.
Jellied Eels by Robert Peake
We see ourselves through you, sweet
pickled blob, sea-smelling delicacy,
swimming into nets set East of Tower Bridge,
giving yourself up for supper.
Watery allotment, the sea-bound Thames,
scraped for cockles and dredged with nets,
your long fast swimmers mimic the current
dashing like Morse code along the wires.
Mish-mash of salty fish and tangy aspic,
green glazing for bombed-out cathedrals,
part meat, part skin, part isinglass,
looking glass of flesh and quivering pane.
Alms for the clever, the slippery quick,
stretched ghost, half visible to the eye.
Baristas of East London by
wearing out past decades –
a glossed skinhead’s bomber,
the flick-knifed hair of a Teddy Boy,
jeans tight as a scab.
Alchemists to the bankers,
drug and buggy pushers,
they take a darkness
imprint its cat-soft belly
with a flower, a tree,
a heart collapsing on itself.
Gare du Midi by Paul Stephenson
You are going in London yes in London?
I am going to London, to England, to London
English people very kind very friendly in London
Queen is living Bucking Ham Palace London
I go with you today travel in London
It is difficult to go with me to London
How do you go there today in London?
By train, I am going by train to London
England embassy helping papers London
My sister was going she did go in London
Is possible you know her she famous in London?
Brussels is cosmopolitan and big like London
How long does it take to go in London?
The train is fast, it takes two hours to London.
Show me please where train go in London
They always checking passport going London?
You must show a passport and a ticket for London
Papers and people are difficult in London
There are many cameras and policemen in London
It is crowded, busy and stressful in London
My sister they not love her I need go in London
You say we friends for enter train in London
You say we holidays in London
I dream buses visit Tower of London
I must go in London I am happy London.