The short category winner of the 2008 Devon poetry award organised by the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, was Geese in a Market Crowd by Christopher North
Not a honk, gabble or mutter
as the six thread through chaos.
The mountains seem to be liquefying
this damp and blustery morning,
the sky is hesitant and lacks confidence –
so the geese are a certainty in what is shapeless.
They waddle, chittering in concentration –
their foolish feet, their pert rears
an order in the hopeless tumble
of junk mathematics around them.
2nd – Fieldwork – Jane Williams
3rd – We will be happy – David King
Stay tuned for more winners from the competition.
• The People’s Republic of South Devon will soon be running a poem of the week, with a selection from the latest collection from the Moor Poets, Uncharted
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