MAG Poetry Competition 2010 - search for new poems

About 80% of the participants in the 2010 poetry competition wished their poems to remain viewable on the website. Check these out here:

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Standard Practice

by Ian Donaldson

Pictorials of people we will never meet,
Wearing clothes, with horses we could not shoe,
Achievements at functions we will never fulfil,
Celebrity and Aspirational, silky, kaolin consumers,

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War Losses

by Ian Penrose

They stand, cut stone cold
At sharp edges they pass into nothing
And show from marked-out hopeless scraps of ground
An ordered refrain

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So Be It

by Ian Rickard

My Father,
Who art in Devon,
How long is thy mane?
Thy singing done,

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THE FLIGHT OF THE MONARCHS

by Ian Roberts

It is September in a corner
Of Lake Eyrie in Canada
And, until now, this place
Has been the whole world

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If my father could see me now

by ian robert shaw

I met my girl
And we fell in love
Because she’s the one
I’ve been dreamin’ of

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You

by Jack Pangbourne

I lie awake at night, thinking,
Wondering,
Wanting.

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Rosemary

by Jake Conrad

Her one remaining eye is a beacon,
blue as sea-ice.

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Bit Part in a Historical Re-enactment

by Jake Conrad

A rough brown shawl hung down her front
exposing
her breasts' edges

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Hailing

by James Brightman

As my lips are prised open
The sugary dew embraces my tastebuds
The viscous, yet, delectable taste of a minor victory
Worth nothing to many but can be the lever

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The Purest Morning

by James Brightman

The day I wake up and smile at the sun
I will hold no contempt for man and his machinations
The day I wake up and breathe in the stale air
I will help the man on the ground I turn my nose out

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