Chris Mundy Poetry Competition 2016

Ten members entered poems and Susan said that they were all completely different. She chose four for special mention, two highly commended and two joint winners.

In joint first place were Les Williams and Neil Somerville. Lesís poem, Dream Thief, Susan said, had naturally occurring rhymes. It told of loss and loneliness but with hint of hope and was a meaningful poem that lived on in the mind after reading.

Neilís poem, Songbird, was the shortest in the competition and it was a picture of a single moment in time, with a subtle undertow of feeling. Itís essential, Susan said, in a short poem that everything has to be in the right place and this Neil had achieved.


The two highly commended poems were by Jan Roberts and Dick Sawdon Smith. Susan said that Jan in her poem, In Search of Spirit had made good use of patterns, repetition and variation and showed empathy and understanding.

Dickís poem, Holiday in Brighton and Hove painted a cheerful and affectionate picture of a traditional seaside holiday. It celebrated life with a sense of fun.

Susan said that she hoped the competition and her comments would encourage all the entrants to keep writing poetry in the future.