Poetry Archive Now Wordview 2022: Proof

I made a machine to simplify everything. 

It was enormous and very complicated 

so I made another 

and ran the second machine through the first. 


What came out didn’t appear to work 

but was a pleasing teardrop shape, smooth 

and the shivering it did when activated 

seemed to approximate high worth. 


I put this outcome back into the first machine. 

It hasn’t come out yet. A noise offers hope 

but I need guidance on how long 

is too long to seek. 

Poem recorded as part of Poetry Archive Now: Wordview 2022. Used by permission of author.

Poetry Archive Now Wordview 2022 Winners

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Graham Clifford

Graham Clifford was born in Portsmouth, grew up in Wiltshire and lives in London with his partner and two daughters. His pamphlet, Welcome Back to the Country, and full collection, The Hitting Game are published by Seren. Well, is published by Against the Grain. His pamphlet collection, Computer Generated Crash Test Dummies is published by The Black Light Engine Room, as his most recent collection, In Charge of the Gun. He is a Head teacher.

A special thank you to our WordView 2021 poets.

Chair of the Judging Panel, Joelle Taylor, says: "We were thrilled by the range and scope of the poetry and techniques explored throughout the wide submissions. I have said before that to write a poem is an act of resistance but to then perform it as well is a revolution. It takes a bravery to face the page, and a further one to stand by your words. While we’ve all become more used to filming ourselves over the pandemic, all of us were deeply aware of that courage.

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.

Our honest applause goes to all who submitted, and I hope you can hear it.

Congratulations to those we selected. We hope to see you all again soon."

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