My poem Zahrada – The Garden was commended in the Wigtown Poetry Competition judged by George Szirtes.

Záhrada – The Garden is a prose poem, dreamlike, beginning with and persisting with references to a film but juxtaposing those references with observations from a real life elsewhere that offers suggested parallels. The poem is very precise in its dream-likeness. The fascination of prose poetry is that it presents us with a form – prose – of which we expect sequential development. The prose poem then offers a less sequential set of events of an essentially poetic nature, that – were it poetry – might look a little inflated. The prose deflates it and makes it stranger. I was utterly held by this. It’s not a story. Not an excerpt from a story, not a diary jotting. It is a poem I want to enter and live in.

You can read the poem and the other prize winners here

And its background here

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