Category: 3rd Prize winning poems

  • Sunday Dinner at Konigstrasse

    2021 Crabbe Competition – 3rd Prize Adjudicator: Anne-Marie Fyfe

  • Lament for a Lewis Crofter­Man – Mike Bannister

    2020 Crabbe Poetry Competition – 3rd Prize Adjudicator: Martin Figura

  • On the Theft of Edvard Munch”s ”Skriken” – John Watts

    1995 Crabbe Memorial Competition – Third Prize Adjudicators: Jeni Couzyn and Lawrence Sail If it were just as easy as all that – leaning a ladder on an outside wall, smashing a pane and, in one minute flat, snatching the well-known painting, frame and all, by snipping the wire that held it into place, then […]

  • The Miller’s Son – Gillian Bence-Jones

    George Crabbe Memorial Competition 2015 – Third PrizeAdjudicator: Robert Seatter Constable loved clouds. The sky is the source Of light in nature And governs everything! He wrote. He would go ‘skying’, Recording the altering sky On oiled paper fastened To the lid of his paintbox: Foretelling sun and rain. Blake saw one and said ‘why […]

  • On the Theft of Edvard Munch’s ‘Skriken’ – John Watts

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition 1995 Crabbe Memorial Competition – Third Prize Adjudicators: Jeni Couzyn and Lawrence Sail If it were just as easy as all that – leaning a ladder on an outside wall, smashing a pane and, in one minute flat, snatching the well-known painting, frame and all, by snipping the wire […]

  • Natasha – Alan Wells

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition 1996 Crabbe Memorial Competition – Third Prize Adjudicators: Susan Wicks and William Scammell Beyond day-centre wallsentered into a different worldbounded by fenced fields’ paddocksyou sit well up there trees look up to you wavemarvel at your mobilityyou are nobility for an houryou sit well up there today you lead […]

  • The Yellow-Hammer – Lewis Watling

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition1997 Crabbe Memorial Competition – Third PrizeAdjudicator: Jo Shapcott I heard her first in the heart’s darkness,the singer who, like the stuttering yellow-hammerawakening the hedgerow and copse and brackened heath,sang her own song. So all birds singwhen Love’s impulse suddenly vibratesupon the inmost core, the God of everything.And then I […]

  • Disney in Hades – Florence Cox

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition1998 Crabbe Memorial Competition – Third PrizeAdjudicators: Martyn Crucefix and Judith Kazantzis Small-town families squash in rowsof darkened plush sweet wrappers crackleas the lights go down Hercules is brieflyan amusing baby Suddenly we’re in hell A skeleton poles a boatover a lakebrimming with lost souls wailing and sinister shapesdrapeflap and […]

  • A Flicker of Bracken – Robin Maunsell

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition1999 Crabbe Memorial Competition – Third PrizeAdjudicator: John Mole No more than a breath of wind against the field’s skyline,though there were so many other things I could have recalled,like the colour of the house, the approach along the lanewhere the hermit lived, the dropping of the cracked chamber pot […]

  • Eyes Turned South – Anthony Collins

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition2000 Crabbe Memorial Competition – Third PrizeAdjudicator: Anthony and Ann Thwaite Camped above pebbled sands along the coldShoreline, wind-break pegged to screen our raw embrace,I pledged to fly you to the south one boldDistant day. Some treasured books, a small shared caseOf clothes (all assets stripped, possessions sold)Would be our […]