Wordview 2022: The Race

I must hurry home 

There is someone there to see 

Must get my work done 

I race against the boss clock 

Worker working overtime 

 

I must hurry home 

Through the office the work gates 

Into the valley 

Where the acid river runs 

Singeing the fields as it flows 

 

I must hurry home 

Before darkness settles down 

Illuminated 

Only by sickening moon 

Besmirched by gaseous cloud 

 

I must hurry home 

To see her before sleep comes 

Brings recurring dream 

Metal sculptures breathing life 

Screaming watch out broken glass 

 

I must hurry home 

Paddle this small sinking boat 

Over stinking seas 

Cushioned by billowing smoke 

From plastic mountains burning 

 

I must hurry home 

Find her resting her head there 

In fresh fields of green 

Unspoiled as they were before 

Extinctions nightmare started 

Wordview 2022 Winners

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Richard Downes

I am emerging as a socially engaged activist poet/artist with an interest in disability issues, climate chaos, class and mental health. I was an Associate Artist with Disability Arts Online where I maintain a blog. I am also maintaining a gallery of digital photographs with Outside which I use as an additional prompt for poetry.

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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