Poetry Competition 2013

 The winner of the writing.ie/Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat Poetry Competition is Caroline Bracken (Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland) for her poem "The Gypsy Girl," and she has won a place in Leanne O'Sullivan's "Lining Our Thoughts: A Poetry Workshop " to be held from 20-26 July 2013 at Anam Cara. Congratulations, Caroline!

From Leanne O'Sullivan:

'I admire the magical simplicity in 'The Gypsy Girl'.  I am reminded of a phrase from Anne Stevenson's poem 'Making Poetry' where the poet encourages us to inhabit poetry in order to make it - to take voyages over voices, weathers, different skins and times.  When I read 'The Gypsy Girl' I felt as though I had traveled, and in a wonderful way was left wanting to read more.'

The Winning Poem:

The Gypsy Girl
She took a wrong turn some time back,
Way back.
Way before Giza,
Where she tried out a sarcophagus
For size.
The pharaohs were compact creatures
It seems,
Like herself.
Way before Cape Agulhas,
Where the ships graveyard
Drew her.
Like the lighthouse,
Red and white.
Way before Lake Erie,
And that house on stilts,
Not natural
For a girl raised in a house
On wheels.
Way before Rethymnon,
Waving at a drowning man
On Triopetra beach.
Way before Beirut’s extreme heat,
Which suited her sallow skin.
She couldn’t be sure,
Where she went wrong,
But it was somewhere
Way back, on the road
Between the River Suir in Clonmel,
And Dublin.

  ....Caroline Bracken


The following poems have been shortlisted for the top prize of a place in Leanne O’Sullivan’s “Lining Our Thoughts: A Poetry Workshop” scheduled for 21-26 July at Anam Cara:

“Cyclops” – Victoria Kennefick, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland

“From A to B” – Grania Mackey, Bunclody, Co. Wexford, Ireland

“The Gypsy Girl” – Caroline Bracken, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

“Late Night in a Cabin on the Head” – Erin Fornoff, Dublin, Ireland

“My Daddy Didn’t Hold Me Down” – Caroline Coyle, Athlone, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

“on arriving” – Sally Rauch, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

“Prospector” – Jose A. Alcantara, Carbondale, Colorado, USA

“Visiting the Dead in Paris” – Amber Decker, Hedgesville, West Virginia, USA

Congratulations to all the poets on the list!

Poetry Competition 2013

Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat and writing.ie are once again joining forces to sponsor a writing competition, this time for poets.  The winning poet will receive a place in the one-week residential retreat Lining Our Thoughts: A Poetry Writing Workshop, led by Leanne O'Sullivan, scheduled for 20-27 July 2013..

For a description of the workshop click here, to learn more about Leanne and her work.

This competition is for previously unpublished journey poems, no longer than 30 lines, as part of this year's Bloomsday celebration..

To submit, send your entry as an attachment (without identifying information in the document) with an email message containing your name, postal address, e-mail address, and telephone number. Send to Sue Booth-Forbes: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Include in your email message the answer to the following question:  What is the name of the river that runs at the bottom of the hill on which Anam Cara rests? (www.anamcararetreat.com)

To submit, send your entry as an attachment to an email with your name, postal address, e-mail address, and telephone number to Sue Booth Forbes: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline is Midnight in Ireland, 1 May 2013 (GMT)

The winner will be announced on Bloomsday, 16 June 2013.  An all-poet panel of judges will select the short list, from which Leanne will select the winning poem.

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