Robert Walton Highly Commended in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize

7 December 2021 - 10:16am

Robert Walton Highly Commended in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize

7 December 2021 - 10:16am

Congratulations to Robert Walton, author of Sax Burglar Blues, whose poem ‘Dun’ has been highly commended in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2021. This is the second year in a row that one of Robert’s poems has been highly commended in the prize. 

This year’s entries were judged by Linda Gregerson and John McAuliffe. Robert is one of 20 commended poets. First place was awarded to Sam Garvan for his poem ‘Balthazar’. The full list of winners and highly commended poems can be found on the Coffee-House Poetry website.

Of the entries, judge Linda Gregerson wrote: ”The great joy of judging such a prize as this is twofold: first, the encounter itself, on the page, with compelling poetic voices, in all their distinctiveness and variety; second, the opportunity for in-depth conversation with a fellow judge about the art form to which we are both devoted... From the Northern Isles to the cornfields of Nebraska, from antiquity to the paradoxical timelessness of the live cam, from the plenitude and bustle of a street market to the stillness of a gable window, the sites and temporalities that occasion the poems in our short list have been bathed in the light of lyric transformation. This is not to say that the tones are always gentle or the vistas reassuring. There is darkness in these pages, as in our world: the suffering of displacement, the treacheries of history, the mortal fallibility of flesh. Anything less would be less convincing. Which is why, I think, I find the poems, each of them, so heartening.“

You can read the judges full comments and each of the prize-winning and commended poems on the Coffee-House Poetry website