The Yorkshire New Poets Prize
The Yorkshire New Poets Prize honours the best single poem from a collection submitted to the New Poets Prize by an entrant with a Yorkshire post code.
First prize is £50 and publication in issue 56 of The North magazine. All entries submitted by poets with a Yorkshire postcode are automatically entered into this category.
The 2015/16 Yorkshire New Poets Prize
The winner of the 2015/16 Yorkshire New Poets Prize is Jasmine Simms for her poem Like Horses, which can be read below:
I too have stared, like a horse, over a fence
into the next field. I’m tired of knowing
that the wind up my nostrils is a sign of life
coming and going. I have frozen from the inside.
No telling who opens the gate, or when.
I too have spoken the language of horse,
said things with my back legs,
caused offence, spoken too quickly,
turned out my upper lip after a taste of red wine.
I’ve run my hoof across the ground
impatiently. Now I know how to wait
like a horse does, knotting my mane in class,
looking straight into the distance, counting strides.
Sometimes I think I’ve come this far as a foal
sleeping with my head between my knees.
The only things I know for sure are real:
the sound of galloping, never to touch you
when your ears are flat back, how to get near you,
how to dream in the back of a horsebox,
how to fall, how to sleep standing up.