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Open Poetry Competition Winner

We asked for poems on any topic providing they contained a story – rebellious, contemptuous, creative or emotional. We received some wonderful poems in this open poetry competition, many with remarkable insight but, after careful deliberation, are delighted to announce the winners.

1st Prize: £200 Gillian Stone

2nd Prize: £150 Alex Heath

3rd Prize: £100 Carol Burton


The War on Dark Love

by Gillian Stone

You won the war oh darling, your crime

a broken heart – mine.

You sent my pulses racing, with your

forked tongue lies.

You tantalize my dreams, yes now,

with your acts of betrayal.

You invade my senses with your

touch, slicing a fatal wound.

With a blackened soul you endeavor,

to break, control and taint.

All you touch turns to dust, yes flesh and blood

too, bar me, I rise, a phoenix from the flames of your adultery.


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