Iris Anne Lewis has been awarded 1st prize in the Gloucestershire Poetry Society competition for her poem The Dark Hill Speaks.
Judge Belinda Rimmer said of the poem: ‘As the title implies, this poem delves below the surface of things. There’s a strong connectedness between the different elements of art, poetry and landscape. They inform each other beautifully, darkly. I enjoyed the shape of the poem, reflecting perhaps the uniformity of ceramic pots. The poem was unsettling, elusive, and invited multiple readings. It rose slowly to the top, carrying me through to the last poignant line.’
The Dark Hill Speaks was inspired by Graham Sutherland’s painting Dark Hill, and will be published in the inaugural issue of ‘Steel Jackdaw’ later this year.