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: 


Like Horses


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.


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