Catherine says of this winning poem: ‘From the first reading it did strange things to the top of my head. One way of reading it is to say that it describes calves in a field before they embark on their final journey to the abattoir. Not a comfortable subject, perhaps, but an everyday one. ‘Calves on a Carousel’ dazzled me with its quietly devastating imagery.’ Eve will receive two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers.
Runners-up were Kate Ling with ‘Blackheath, Early Morning’ and Catherine Edmunds with ‘Cabbage on a Leash’. Other poets shortlisted were Kaddy Benyon, Sharon Black, David Hale, Wes Lee, Anthony Powers, Andrew Sclater and Natalie Whittaker. All shortlisted poems will be published in the September issue of The Frogmore Papers (number 88), which will be available from The Frogmore Press for £5.00 inclusive of post and packing.