Poetry Archive Now! was established in 2020 to enable us to gather recordings from a much wider pool of talented poets from the UK and around the world. It is now firmly established as a premier opportunity for poets to showcase their work. The future generations who explore this growing collection will gain a vivid picture of the poetic views of our age.
Chair of the 2022 Judging Panel, Joelle Taylor, says: “We were thrilled by the range and scope of the poetry and techniques explored throughout the wide submissions… Often when on a judging panel we find ourselves faced with impossible decisions. If you can imagine, after sifting, it’s as though a hundred people have crossed the finish line at precisely the same moment but there are only three medals. How do we come to these decisions? Through the objective unpicking of the poems, through our individual passions, through a consideration of narratives, especially those lesser heard. We come to it through uneasy negotiation and through heart, and above all through our shared love and understanding of the possibilities of poetry.”