After a brief hiatus, I am pleased to announce that the winning Readers’ Choice poem from the poll is:
Robert will receive the usual winner’s mug, and thanks to everyone who voted.
The Editor’s choice was selected by Strix editor Ian Harker and he picked out
It’s a fine choice, a poem perhaps a little different to the normal AoO ‘style’, and the first poem we have ever published from an African writer.
Ian had these comments to make.
“This poem is circular, almost. By the time the first stanza comes round again, re-manifests in the last stanza, it has changed slightly, but the change reinforces, re-asserts the opening stanza. The beginning pre-supposes the end, contains and creates it. And in the mean-time, the poem expands, conracts, surrounds us with wounds and hearts, winged birds, cities and ache and burning and drowning, but all this happens as part of the pattern, it makes me think that the world is a cosmos not chaos. Death is there (“rot & feathers”) along with love (“…once you were a firefly & you danced out of your mother…”) but that’s part of the pattern too, unavoidably. This is a dazzling poem that frightens and reassures all at the same time.”
Congratulations to both our winners.