Our Day in the Sun: Inpress Turns Ten in London
Our Poetry Garden Market, outside Foyles on London's Southbank on 15th September 2012, was a roaring success. There were inspiring readings on the Poetry Library stage by Melissa Lee-Houghton, Lotte Kramer, John Wedgwood Clarke, Ira Lightman, Kim Moore, Hannah Lowe and Rhian Edwards, plus drop-in workshops with the Poetry School. And the sun shone all day on our market lawn, especially apt for our 'Indian Summer' poetry competition: scroll down for the winning entries by Ellen Phethean, Avril Joy and Fiona Ritchie Walker, who read their poems on stage as dusk fell and the wine flowed.
Third Place - 'Late Song' by Ellen Phethean
The Tyne is still enough for clear reflection;
September’s offering an Indian Summer
I cycle through the quiet afternoon.
Here we are again, an end of sorts,
autumn’s slow fall into dark.
Yet the sun’s a hand upon my back
the river smells are real.
A curlew picks along
the low tide mark,
singing its lonely tune.
rings ripple out
Second Place - 'September, After Rain' by Avril Joy
After rain, sun. A starling on the shed roof
fans her wings to dry. On the horizon
turning trees wait, rain lingers on the last of the acer
sparks the tips of bamboo, beads a washing line.
A shallow thread of water glints in the bird bath,
the starling flies off and the garden is empty.
A lattice of ageing shadows cross the lawn, dahlias sit
alone, the rose flowers for a second time; smaller
in the late-flowering heat its petals wilt on gravel
like shingle on a beach, better than sand, able to separate
and shine, no moulded grains clinging to the cusp of
summer and beyond. September mornings, were the best:
you behind the wheel, shimmering like the flat, wet
road ahead; a sudden heat, starting out, everything made fresh.
Our own poetry podium: (below, left-right) Ellen Phethean (3rd), Fiona Ritchie Walker (1st), Avril Joy (2nd).
Read on for the winning poem!