‘Hiroshima, 1961’ commended in the 2016 National Poetry Competition.

I find I am drawn to poems which appear deceptively simplistic and yet are crafted beautifully, evoking memorable imagery with lines that stay with you long after you’ve put the poem down. Holly Singlehurst’s poem “Hiroshima, 1961” was the stand out entry for me in this year’s National Poetry Competition, and I sit in awe…

You and I

In some other universe, you and I didn’t play football as kids. We weren’t lucky enough to have Mr Walker as our teacher. The team photograph doesn’t exist in this other place, so people wouldn’t wonder why we looked so serious, you and I. Or maybe through some weirdness, we lost the cup final, so…