Highly Commended, Open Category 2006 - Josephine Haslam
Snow on the Kiso Road
This poem received a Highly Commended from judge Andy Brown. We can't reproduce it here, because that would make it ineligible for further competition entry, but here's what Andy had to say about the poem:
Another polished lyric poem that pays careful attention to natural imagery, allied to powerful ideas. I like the movements of the poem from inert stone, to sound, to waves and boats and wind in the first stanza; to the Japanese print of the second stanza, and the way the poet steps back and forth between reality and representations. The whole is underpinned by strong concrete imagery, lovely attention to line and phrasing, and a careful measure.