I still can’t quite believe it, but my poem ‘The Dream of Light’ has won the 2021 Words & Music Writing Competition for poetry. How grateful I am, and how humbled, especially to be in the company of such wonderful poets as Andrea Young and Nicole Eiden, both perpetual inspirations — and that this poem, which is based on a painting at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, was chosen by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, whose book “Oceanic” is easily one of my favorite collections in years. What a thrill—thanks to Aimee, to the Words & Music Festival, and to The Peauxdunque Review, where all the winning entries will appear.
The 2021 festival runs from Wednesday to Saturday this week, with killer lineups each day, so don’t sleep on it. The finalists in each category will be reading their entries on Friday afternoon at 2.30pm. If you’re out there in TV land, we’d love for you to join us – there’s going to be some exceptional work on offer. Tickets are free, at Eventbrite.