Roger elkin

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Roger Elkin was shortlisted for the Bloodaxe New Blood Book-length Competition (1987):
one of 10 shortlisted (out of 4,000 entries) for the Strokestown International Poetry Competition (2003):
and one of 6 shortlisted for the Keele University Poetry Prize(2007) .

He has won over 150 prizes and places – 38 firsts - in (inter) national poetry competitions. His poetry has ... more »

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a rising nearness, a beacon
its blueness a raggy topknot mix
of indigo, azure and violet
that humbles you to silence
as you stumble across its sudden fulness
signalling from wheat-field trespass

Consider its other names:

Hurtsickle from its tough stems -
that angelicaed haze of greyey-green
blunting the reaper’s scythe

Cyanus, memento of the garland
his namesake garnered as a lad
to frame his love for Flora

Centaurea, after Chiron the centaur
who swathed Hercules’ poisoned arrow-wounds
in braids of sky-blue ...

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