The Bridport Prize 2017 Paperback – 2 Nov 2017
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Paperback, 2 Nov 2017
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What I didn't like
The lemon section was poetry. The winner scored more than 15% on my 'Toad cross software count' for use of THE and AND - I don't pay for this and her poem Siren Call is indeed a siren - check Shakespeare he uses sparingly unless Sonnet 66.. AND x9. As for the 25 word poem with a 17 line biography why was this included? Of course I grant that wandering beyond a 4 line biog is necessary if you are a multiple prize winner and wish to advertise your degrees. If I was a competitor and I'm not, you would worry at the success of the academics. I have a degree in German and was delighted to see old style shape in 'Stone' by the Cambridge lecturer Isabelle McNeill. Back to those short stories and after the winner a second place disaster - I just wont read lines and language f.....g..f.....g f....g.
Was it worth the money?
Yes, just to keep updated with the gaming of the prize, the signposting that continues; the high level of academic brain power on display - they purge all emotion. Viewing the biogs no degree or prize history suggest you have little chance of selection for the anthology - how does that filter work? More transparency in the gatekeepers filtering process remains a demand - what do they fear?
In summary keep up product placement and remember Roger Mcgough's accurate 2015 judges comment 'Politics did not engage our poets. No voices crying out against poverty, injustice.. ' A PC version of poetry is what Bridport marketing gatekeepers demand and filter - so who will let the Mari Lwyd enter? Ah midnight, A long table laid with a white cloth waits.