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Our next meeting will be on Monday 14th October and will be chaired by Rachael Clyne.

Bristol Poetry Festival starts very soon! see Poetry Can for details. On Friday 4th October 12 midday to 1.30pm, Fountain poet Sara Butler will be the guest reader at “Bristol Can Openers”, Foyles Bookshop, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU. Entrance is free.

Congratulations are due to Chrissy Banks of Fire River Poets for winning second prize in the Yeovil poetry competition, judged by Neil Astley of Bloodaxe Books.

Chrissy Banks

Neil commented…

Only after choosing ‘The Waves’ as my second prize winner did I discover from the codes on the sheets that another poem, a highly accomplished and moving sestina called ‘Don’t Look Now’, which I would have wanted as a joint third prize winner, was by the same poet (the competition rules only allow for one prize per poet). This added to my admiration of this poet’s technical skills and ability to marry feeling with form in a way which intensifies and draws out the experiences being evoked. ‘The Waves’ is an urban poem in which people’s precariously lurching lives in the city are written about as though swept and buffeted by sea and storm. The metaphor of the waves as the rhythm of life permeates the whole poem in such a way that the reader isn’t always aware that the sea carries all before it.

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