We are very pleased to announce that Penny Boxall’s poem What Came First has won the Frederik van Eeden Poetry Competition.
Stephen Watts had the difficult task of selected the winning poem from a very strong shortlist. He selected What Came First because as he put it:
I felt that the language was strong & accurate, consistently so. I liked the balance of lucidity & reticence. And I liked the risk of the line ‘an almost-dome inside an O’.
Many congratulations to Penny Boxall, she receievd then£100 prize and her poem What Came First has been published in our magazine and you can read it on this page.
Because of the very strong shortlist we have decided to also publish the poem of one runner-up in our magazine: