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2010 Ipswich International Poetry Feast

Last night the below piece took out a Highly Commended at the 2010 Ipswich International Poetry Feast. I’m so pleased. It has changed a little since its initial submission and is included in the Memory Bone manuscript which will be published soon, so while the original will be posted on the poetry feast website soon, I’m going to post its most recent incarnation here.

This is a great little competition that attracts some really great poets. The wonderful Brett Dionysius who was also the Press Press prize winner this year, took out the major prizes on the night, and it was great to see a fellow Queenslander and local take it out.

Here is my entry:

Mistress
It’s in the way the foliage deepens to viridian, each
time you leave

and in how the sky spills over to inhabit the
impressions you’ve left

These tiny fissures, these sweet little fractures.

I paint what’s left of the afternoon with a brush as fine
as eyelashes

a weeping emulsion, watercolour thin

In this kind of emptiness, even the sound of a leaf
detaching and spinning back to earth booms

I am a fulcrum. I am carved from stone.

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3 Responses to “2010 Ipswich International Poetry Feast”


  1. 1 Char
    October 24, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Oh word molasses lady, how you touch me. Your words make me ache and feel. They resonate within me. Xo

  2. 2 gnunn
    October 28, 2010 at 11:18 am

    A beautiful poem Vanessa… lovely to see you and Harvey at the awards.

  3. 3 vanessapage
    October 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks Graham. This is an interesting one. Took a while to make it’s debut for various reasons, but it is a personal favourite. Char – thank you lovely lady. xx


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