Venie Prize Year: 2019

Greengage plums in preston by Kiara Lindsay

it’s taken us four months to work out what type of fruit our tree will bear they will be greengage plums they’re not ripe yet so I bought one at the supermarket to see what they will taste like very tart and biting just under the skin like a couple

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The Poem After Forests by A. Frances Johnson

Take the Wikipedia entries for ‘forest’ and ‘water’ and change the tense: forests are to forests were; water is to water was. Relieve yourself of the pressure of time; the poem forgets/forgot ruminants, rockfaces and oceans. Never mind that Bo Peep admonishes /admonished us, all ribbons and bows, a pointed foot, farthingale aslant. Her rhyme never has/had

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A Heart Like This by Kristen Lang

River we’re on – so much upstream, so much drag-pull-heave, water still upland, all cow and cow feed, almond trees, cotton and rice seeds, all you and me, each day: the eat, the clothes, the machines, none getting down now to the river we’re on. We eats up the river,

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God instructs His Angels to Burn the Notre Dame by Hailey Bonner

Remember that they razed the Standing Stones, Remember that they scarred the Sacred Sites, Shackled the Ground and the Tides, Poisoned the Bramble Cay and the Melomys. And so I command you to burn their Holy Spire, Their Sky-Pierced Shrine, And make low all which dared Climb toward Heaven. Thus

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Do With Su

I am very excited about the launch of Do with Su on the Holmgren Hub. It is a culmination of a long process for my partner in love and livelihood to share her skills, passion and wisdom with a wider audience.

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