2017 Poetry Competition 2017-09-02T14:31:33+00:00

all pictures of the event at the following link

Poetry Competition

Gedigte in McGregor kompetisie

Open Category

“Poetry against Poverty”

We decided to award two First Places. These went to Elske Maxwell, for her beautiful Victoria -Wes , and Janine Milne for her powerful poem, Here the grass itself staggers . Both were outstanding pieces of work and we were delighted that both winners could be at the Prize Giving ceremony. It was a pleasure to meet you both, and we hope that you continue to write.

Special thanks to Leila Witkin for her continued support of this very important programme. Big thanks to Julian May and The Mellon Foundation for also contributing to this year’s programme.

see the winning poems below :

VICTORIA-WES

Die Karoo is my hartland. Ek is gebôre in Graaff-Reinet en as ek terugkeer vind ek my ware self. Ek het hierdie gedig geskryf na‘n slapelose nag waar ek rongedwaal het in Victoria-Wes se strate.

 

Hier is die stilte groter as

gevoelsalleenheid

Hier blaf ’n hond

en die eggo word weerkaats

in die dooie vensters van

verlate Karoo-huisies

Hier word elke klank vergroot

deur die oorheersende stilte

Ver wit bokke blêr teen die kliphange

Die skril stemme van kleurlingkinders

hang vir ewig in die dun lug

n’ Brandsiek hond sluip hongerig

deur die donker nag strate

En hier waar alles na grond ruik

probeer ek my aarde vind

en elke klip bevat ‘n vers.

Elske Maxwell

Here the grass itself staggers.

Who tore these holes in the sky, where the rain

rides the spine of the South Easter, where the cold crawls

through the stars like the fingers of saints? Who first mouthed out these

low vowels of hunger, the rhyme of our ribs? Can god hear

our prayers in the plosives of newspapers dragging wings,

the punctuation of tin and packets stuttering against stones

like Lazarus? Our best sung songs are sunk with kerosene

scraping the match tip of our unheard hearts-here-

in this scrap heap Sinai, the grass itself staggers in the sand

like Jesus in the desert. Here in the horns of goats and empty bowls-

saints are rising up in tattered cloth with their halos of broken glass

snagging the sun like fever , calling, crying:

come into this poem all you sparrow hearts

climb inside the open arms of this poem,

 

each of you has a name.

It has been written.

 

Janine Milne

other finalists poems below :

the interface

the interface

is vibracrete

it is the slow closing

of the gate

summer heat rising

on the dashboard

the moment of red

flicking to green

armourglasswindows

fragile as eggshell

flash of dirty cardboard

no money no work

my jaw a steel trap

eyes uncontacted

unfocused . . .

the interface

the face between

Sue Woodward

bedelaars

bakhand hang die silwer sekel

eensaam,

stukkend teen die swart

oor ‘n koue,  donker straat  in ‘n donkerder stad.

bewende kombersbondels

veg soos pionne in ‘n ry

teen die bitter wind

wat inglip waar hy plek kry,

nes hulle – dis al hoe mens oorleef;

daar is nie vrae of bang nie.

dis of dié straat of ‘n ander een

met dieselfde stukkende kombers,

dieselfde oordeelskyke

wat soos swaelreën

hulle laaste trots verbrand

totdat siellose lyke

verslons straatop en -af dwaal

met die stigma wat om hulle maal

terwyl hulle elkeen êrens op ‘n tyd

ook gedroom het, geleef het.

skroeiend gloei die somber son

se strale oor die teer en beton

en die kombersbondels hou op bewe

vir nog ‘n dag se bestaan sonder lewe.

Molly Bester

High School Category

“Poetry against Poverty”

The winner in the school category was  Thato Tshukudu and two of his poems made the final shortlist of four. Ultimately De Wet Street was chosen. What was particularly exhilarating for us is that Thato journeyed all the way to McGregor from Klerksdorp to be with us. He missed the Prize Giving, but was able to meet with organisers shortly afterwards. An outstanding young man, Thato is a credit to his parents and we look forward to hearing more from this talented young man. We decided this year to also award a Runner’s Up prize, and this went to local boy Edward Jeneke from Robertson, who submitted Poesie, Jou Manna. Well done Edward!

see the winning poems below :

De Wet Street

 

It is 5 AM in De Wet Street

And the dying plants colour the garden with a sombre tint of black,

The trees silhouette the sky like clouds of incense,

Grass blades stand tall and proud carrying a pall of stale blood,

Rusted fences not high enough to stop thieves from breaking in but thin enough to filter the cold hymns sung in by the crow’s laments,

Street lights flicker like a dying star unable to emit anymore rays,

The dissipating tar road proudly reveals its cracks

And poverty sticks his nose out into the night

Eagerly waiting for his prey

It is 6 AM in De Wet Street,

And as I stare out into the light skies

Arid lips

Bloodshot eyes

Ribs prodding through my flesh and

My thin fingers firmly grasping onto my pen like a knife, I grimly smile.

“I survived another night”

Thato Tshukudu

Poёsie, jou manna

Verlang jy terug

na die goeie ou dae

toe poёsie

soos manna vir jou was,

en jy so vrolik kon wees?

Dit was jou ding,

dit was die manna

waarmee jy jou siel kon voed,

jy sou dit vir niks verruil!

Die ritme va poёsie

het jou hart

so laat bokspring.

Jy kon van ellende  vergeet,

want jou Here

het manna vir jou siel

in die woestyn voorsien.

Maar is dit steeds jou ding?

Is dit steeds die manna

wat jou hart so vrolik maak?

Lees jy nog vir

Antjie Krog, Boerneef en D.J.Opperman?

Jy’t mos almal by die naam geken.

Is poёsie steeds jou ding,

wat soveel vreugde vir jou bring?

Is dit steeds jou manna?

Of het jy vergeet,

jou Here sal voorsien?

Edward Jeneke

other finalists poems below :

Redemption

Like water droplets plopping down from the rusted kitchen’s faucet to quench the thirst of the sink flange’s arid throat
the ink in this pen silences the grumbling roars of my empty stomach during hollow nights

This ink that scribbles stanzas of prayers
asking heaven to keep my malnourished brother alive till the next dawn
and my mother’s dying hope for employment still alive,
keeps my faith alive

This ink that knits words together like fabric
ragged fabric draping my cold flesh against the harsh winter winds sneaking in through the cracks of my broken bedroom window
translates poverty into mockery like
Poetry is not just words but medicine
That transforms chronic wounds and makes them mere acute wounds.

This ink that knows not of slavery but redemption
Frees me from this life of rusted faucets and polluted water
Frees me from this life of hunger and taunting whispers from the vicious wind

This poetry is my fictitious wealth against
my actual poverty.

Thato Tshukudu

SILVER DUSTING

Hollow eyes

Hungry maws

Hands out in desperation

Help me, help me it whispers

No longer human .

Hearts fulled with metal

The only appreciation shown

Coin in mud caked hand,

Cold.

Metal on a raw heart

Want and despair

Full of needles and threats.

Where, in all this sadness

Is there joy

Humanity, whats happened.

We preach for peace yet hide from sin

And All the love we give

Is Cold and Silver.

Alex Blatcher

Poetry Competition Guidelines

Open Category

“Poetry against Poverty”

  • Have you ever thought of writing poetry?
  • Have you written an unpublished poem?
  • Would you like to see your poetry published?
  • Are you over the age of 19?

Then you are eligible to enter our Open Category and stand a chance of winning R 5 000.00 CASH. The finalists may have the opportunity to have their poetry published in our annual “Poetry in McGregor” Anthology and their winning entries will be read during our “Poetry in McGregor” weekend which will take place from the 25 to 27 August 2017. T’s and C’s apply.

Competition Guidelines : Entries restricted to unpublished poems from poets who have not had any poems published as yet (school magazines and journals excluded)  *The poem must be the original work of the entrant submitting it *Poems must have a title and fit in with the “Poetry against Poverty” theme * Length submitted must be between 12 and 40 lines * Poems may be in English or Afrikaans * Full names must be provided plus date of birth and contact numbers * Maximum of two poems per poet * Entries must be submitted separately * The judges’ decision is final * No correspondence will be entered into *Entries must be typed and emailed to: mcgpoets@gmail.com /posted to PO Box 361, McGregor, 6708 / faxed to 086 756 0864 / delivered to the Temenos Office, corner Voortrekker and Bree Streets, McGregor. Closing date: 10 August 2017. Finalists will be notified by 15 August 2017. Enquiries: Dave Magner 023 625 1402.

The name of the (one and only) winner will be announced at the prize-giving function which will take place at 09:00 on Saturday 26th August in Caritas at Temenos Retreat, Long Street entrance, McGregor, 6708.

Oop kategorie:

Tema: “Poësie as Hartskos”

  • Het jy al ooit daaraan gedink om `n gedig te skryf?
  • Sal jy graag jou gedigte will laat publiseer?
  • Is jy 19 jaar of ouer?

As jou antwoord JA is op hierdie vrae kwalifiseer jy om in te skryf vir die “Oop kategorie” van vanjaar se gedigtekompetisie en kan jy wegstap met die R5000.00 kontant prysgeld.  Die finaliste se gedigte sal oorweeg word vir publikasie in die jaarlikse “Poetry in McGregor” digbundel. Die wen-inskrywings sal ook tydens die Gedigte in McGregor naweek wat plaasvind vanaf 25 – 27 Augustus 2017, voorgelees word. Terme en voorwaardes geld.

Kompetisieriglyne:  Inskrywings word beperk tot ongepubliseerde gedigte van digters wat nog geen gedigte gepubliseer het nie (met die uitsluiting van skoolblaaie en joernale)  * Die gedig moet die oorspronklike werk van die inskrywer wees wat dit voorlê * Die gedig moet `n titel hê en inpas by die tema “Poësie as hartskos.”  * Dit moet tussen 12 en 40 reëls lank wees  * Gedigte mag in Afrikaans en Engels voorgelê word  * Volle naam, asook geboortedatum en kontakbesonderhede moet verskaf word  * Daar mag slegs een of twee gedigte per digter ingeskryf word en dit moet ons in aparte eposse bereik  *Die beoordelaars se beslissing is finaal en geen verdere korrespondensie sal daarna plaasvind nie  * Die gedigte moet getik wees en per epos gestuur word na mcpoets@gmail.com / gepos na Posbus 361, McGregor, 6708 / gefaks na 086 756 0864 of persoonlik afgelewer word by die Temenoskantoor op die hoek van Voortrekker- en Breestraat, McGregor.

High School Category

“Poetry against Poverty”

  • Have you ever thought of writing poetry?
  • Have you written an unpublished poem?
  • Would you like to see your poetry published?
  • Are you at High School at present?

Then you are eligible to enter our High School Category and stand a chance of winning an I-Pad. The finalists may have the opportunity to have their poetry published in our annual “Poetry in McGregor” Anthology and their winning entries will be read during our “Poetry in McGregor” weekend which will take place from the 25 to 27 August 2017. Please see www.poetryinmcgregor.co.za for details. T’s and C’s apply.

Competition Guidelines : Entries restricted to unpublished poems from poets who have not had any poems published as yet (school magazines and journals excluded) *The poem must be the original work of the entrant submitting it *Poems must have a title and fit in with the “Poetry against Poverty” theme *Length submitted must be between 12 and 40 lines * Poems may be in English or Afrikaans * Full names must be provided plus date of birth and contact numbers * Maximum of two poems per poet * Entries must be submitted separately * The judges’ decision is final * No correspondence will be entered into *Entries must be typed and emailed to: mcgpoets@gmail.com /posted to PO Box 361, McGregor, 6708 / faxed to 086 756 0864 / delivered to the Temenos Office, corner Voortrekker and Bree Streets, McGregor. Closing date: 10 August 2017. Finalists will be notified by 15 August 2017. Enquiries: Dave Magner 023 625 1402.

The name of the (one and only) winner will be announced at the prize-giving function which will take place at 09:00 on Saturday 26th August in Caritas at Temenos Retreat, Long Street entrance, McGregor, 6708.

Hoërskool Kategorie:

Tema: Poësie as Hartskos.

  • Het jy al ooit daaraan gedink om `n gedig te skryf?
  • Sal jy graag jou gedigte will laat publiseer?
  • Is jy tussen 13 en 19 jaar oud?

As jou antwoord JA is op hierdie vrae kwalifiseer jy om in te skryf vir die “Hoërskool kategorie” van vanjaar se gedigtekompetisie.  Jou inskrywing moet inpas by die tema “Poësie as hartskos.”  Die wenner gaan wegstap met `n splinternuwe iPad. Die finaliste se gedigte sal oorweeg word vir publikasies in die jaarlikse “Poetry in McGregor” digbundel. Die wen-inskrywings sal ook tydens die Gedigte in McGregor naweek voorgelees word. Die gedig moet `n titel hê en tussen 12 en 40 reëls lank wees. Gedigte mag in Afrikaans en Engels voorgelê word. Stuur daarbysaam jou volle naam, asook geboortedatum en kontakbesonderhede. Daar mag slegs een of twee gedigte per digter ingeskryf word en dit moet ons in aparte eposse bereik. Die beoordelaars se beslissing is finaal en geen verdere korrespondensie sal daarna plaasvind nie. Die gedigte moet per epos gestuur word na mcpoets@gmail.com of getik op `n bladsy gepos na Posbus 361, McGregor, 6708. Daar is ook n opsie om getikte weergawe te faks na 086 756 0864 of om dit persoonlik by die Temenoskantoor op die hoek van Voortrekker- en Bree Straat, McGregor af te lewer.

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