n New Coin Poetry - DALRO 2013 prizes - judge's report




I am attracted to poems that make me feel deeply. It's that emotional connection that endears a poem to me. If it is crafted in such a manner that I want to read the words over and over, then I start falling in love with the poem. A pleasant surprise, often in the word combinations and images, always makes me smile. When a poem's lines repeat in my head long afterwards, then that poem has really succeeded, because I can't memorise even my own poems. Like Colleen Higgs, who judged last year's DALRO prizes, I prefer shorter poems. If a poem must be long then it needs to have something to hold it together - it has to be artistically crafted to hold my attention, grab my emotion and still read beautifully.


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