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Judge Alison Chisholm highlights the poems that sparked her interest


1st prize Winner

Dartmoor Swaling by Pamela Trudie Hodge

November and the sun lengthens shadows, gilds bilberries, heather and Summer-sered bracken fronds.

Raddled sheep and skittering ponies have been herded to safety. Adders, forked tongues tasting danger,

Have slithered sinuously, slipping into moist, mossy sanctuaries. The air is empty of dawn birdsong.

Men gather, looking like gangsters, scarves tight over nose and mouth. Jan lifts a finger, tests the breeze.

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