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Best Poem 2022 Winners Announced By Ryan Dennis December 28, 2022 The votes for Best Poem 2022 on The Milk House are in. With an extremely strong shortlist for the award, it is not surprising that the results were close. Judge Nicki Griffin has determined the Judge’s Choice for best poem, and you, the audience of The Milk House, has…

Review … Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds by Charlie Bown Published in Chasing Clouds … Adventures in a Poetry Balloon (The Dirigible Balloon and Yorkshire Times Publishing 2022) Illustration by Em Humble Teacher says,Get your head out,Right out,Out of the clouds. Nothing good can comeFrom having a headStuck in the clouds,He says. Before I take my headOut of…

Book Review … Steve Whitaker takes a look at Chasing Clouds

Chasing Clouds … Adventures in a Poetry Balloon, published late in November, has just received its first review from that knowledgeable chap and all-round lovely human, Steve Whitaker of the Yorkshire Times. The link to the full review is here and, needless to say, I am incredibly pleased with Mr Whitaker’s perceptive and lyrical take…

The Milk House

Here’s a bit of news … Over at the rural poetry collective website, The Milk House, they have started a new yearly best poem competition. Judged blind, from the collection uploaded in 2022, poet Nicki Griffin has shortlisted ten poems that made the most favourable impact on her and that list has now been made…

The Balloon Goes Up … adventures in children’s poetry

I stagger to the counter, an armful of book packages clutched to my chest. “Hello!” I say through the perspex slot. “It’s me again.” Mrs Goggins in the post office leaps into action and five minutes of weighing, printing and sticking begins as post codes and zip codes are checked. While the growing queue behind…

Clearance

In the wreckage of a house clearance,a face distorts in a fractured glass eye.Painted on gesso and northern white pine,old acrylic eyelashes flash a recognition. Stippled like a stormy summer,worn and battered flanks shiver in the dust.A torn rosette from a forgotten fetehangs by a mane, shabby and faded. Familiar sounds echo in the room:the…

Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice I took the test again today. Turned on Radio Four.Listened to a story about the homeless.Then came kids orphaned by bomb blastsin another country.But that was too hard,so I moved on … Started up the car instead of doing the walking thing;it was raining and I needed stuff from the supermarket.Saw a dead…

Drifting

Drifting Light seeps through cracked lashes.The new day’s tide sweeps a winter beach,debris left on rippled sandforms a room of furniturein a head weighed with questions. Out of frozen vaults of memory,a canvas dragged into the morning sunthaws slowly, mixed colour through frostleaching out in blurred patcheson old bones in a strange bed. Who owns…

The Tale of Boris Snot, the Horrible and Vile

An ogre known as Boris Snotthe Horrible and Vilelooked every inch a monsterwith his grotty, beastly style. At eight foot tall with mottled skinand voice so very loud,his gruffness frightened folkand Boris stood out in a crowd. Yet Boris was a nice guyand just craved a quiet life;to have a break from pitchfork mobsand other…

Someone ought to make an anthology out of this line-up … Dirigibility

How to Conjure a Poem in Eight Easy Steps (Julie Anna Douglas) A Poem Is Like A Balloon (Philip Ardagh)     Head in the Clouds (Charlie Bown)              Suitcase Poem (Michael Rosen)                    Recipe For Flying (Julie Stevens)                Ballerina Cherry Tree (Stephanie Henson)      River Morning Walk (A.F. Harrold)                 Tell it to the Bees (Carole Bromley)            Disco Bumblebee (Dale…

Poems #3

Invitation To Move On I am small in the sea, pushed aroundby waves that care not for any grain of sandor stuff that floats in old men’s heads. Arms held wide and high, that reach and clinglike a child to a parent when things get rough,when routines fail and muscles waste. I hesitate, recoil, cower;…

Poems #2

Multiple Choice I took the test again today. Turned on Radio Four.Listened to a story about the homeless.Then came kids orphaned by bomb blastsin another country.But that was too hard,so I moved on … Started up the car instead of doing the walking thing;it was raining and I needed stuff from the supermarket.Saw a dead…