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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I Greet the Blue Water Buffalo of Cambodia

by Wendy Klein

O you are blue, not the casual blue of everyday sky,
the shade a child crayons in above a house
with a chimney and windows for eyes,
not even lapis lazuli, too decorative,

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Canned Peas

by Wendy Klein

Stiff with best behaviour I sit between Grandma and Grandpa,
while my new mother serves hamburgers,

serves baked potatoes, serves canned peas. I watch her, my scalp

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Patchworking

by Wendy Klein

I’m mending her quilt
a gaudy Katrina survivor,
its appliquéd squares
of cotton and cheesecloth

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In Praise of the Children Who Sell Scarves at Angkor Wat

by Wendy Klein

They celebrate the divinity of free enterprise,
for though they travel in flocks, each,
like a homing pigeon, represents himself.

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Remnants

by Wendy Klein

Like some whacky space-age insect
the American helicopter, blades
silenced by time and midday heat,
hunches, beached forever, just inside

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Papa's Shower

by Will Cameron

My great grandpa died falling in the shower
because pain, and pills, and time
get heavy.

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It's you or me mate

by William West

The German plane dived low
over your ship
And the deadly sound of its gun began
'It's you or me mate'

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Breaking the silence when White meets Black

by William West

On meeting you

I encounter our shared colonial history
You are too polite to mention it

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Bleeding bikes

by William West

My first bike
I was nine
It was second hand
Black and no gears

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The Secret Life of Woods

by Winston Plowes

The hawkmoth dries
his fledgling wings
and searches for a mate.

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