Poetry Archive Now Wordview 2023: One Thing I Know About Healing

Duplex (After Jericho Brown)

What do we really know about healing? –

asks the author of The Cryptic Parables.

Memories are like cryptic parables

I told a friend from another country.

Though I escaped to another country

my mother still invaded my sleep.

For years my mother invaded my sleep like

the beetles in Carter’s Dark Time My Love.

Bedtime was a dark time in my life,

season of sorrow, each night a journey.

The climb out of sorrow is a long journey;

the body is a tomb for moments lived through.

Distance may not ease misery lived through

is one thing I know about healing.


Unlocking the Cryptic Parables is authored by Walter A Mattheiss.

“Season of sorrow” comes from Martin Carter’s poem ‘This is the Dark Time My Love’.

“Moments lived through” comes from Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine.

Poetry Archive Now Wordview 2023 Winners

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 ...

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Juleus Ghunta

Juleus Ghunta is a Jamaican poet, Chevening Scholar and children’s writer. His poems have appeared in The Missing Slate, Moko, Wasafiri, Anomaly, Chiron Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and other journals. Ghunta won the Catherine James Poetry Prize in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize in 2022 and the Small Axe Poetry Prize in 2015 and 2016. He is the co-editor of two issues of Interviewing the Caribbean ( UWI Press).


A special thank you to our WordView 2023 poets.

Here's what our PAN Wordview 2023 judges have to say about this year's competition. Robert Seatter, says "ever a joy and a privilege to co-judge the Poetry Archive Now annual competition, tapping into a pulse of thought and feeling from around the globe, condensed into intensely crafted poems. The entries came from all continents, covered myriad themes, spoke in different voices, but all shared a fundamental belief in the power of poetry to speak from the soul."

Courtney Conrad says "the poets who participated in this competition reminded us that poetry is a tool for change, a medium for reflection, and a source of inspiration. These poets have left an indelible mark on me and the world, and I can't wait to see how their words continue to shape our collective consciousness in the future."

Merrie Joy Williams says "The Poetry Archive is such an indispensable resource - the idea that a poem read in a poet’s own voice can outlast those seemingly endless moments tinkering until a poem feels right, or at least robust enough to convey a memory or insight - so exploring these entries was a privilege and joy. Selecting a final twenty was tortuous. So many captured the spirit of these times, when so many things are at risk of erosion or at a critical juncture: the environment, the misuse of AI, truthfulness, the modus operandi of those who run our countries, and issues of social justice and humanity. Others captured personal moments of reckoning in bold and intimate and surprising ways. Somehow we’ve managed to narrow them down and here we have, I think, a wide range of voices and approaches, personal and political, national and international, witty and wise, often proving that these dialectic notions are one and the same."

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