Irish Poem of the Year Award 2020

Announced

Winner of the Irish Poem of the Year 2020,

in association with An Post Irish Book Awards!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the award for the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year Award 2020, in association with An Post Irish Book Awards, goes to Linda McKenna for her poem In the Museum of Misremembered Things. Congratulations Linda on your poem, a wonderful achievement!

In the Museum of Misremembered Things

– by Linda McKenna

the keeper writes a slanted hand;

fine nibbed copperplate tracking

imagined lines of pink and blue.

In lemon juice; this archive

of unprovenanced vows, misheard

names, missed cues. Some day

she may rip out the pages, lay

them flat, heat up the iron. For now,

invisible; the lover picking out

her name on snow so white,

it looked like truth; unbending

wedding lilies, pearls for sorrow,

tangled lace. She leaves space

for days and dates; mislaid,

or folded small, in drawers

of long sold, white-lined boxes.

Listowel Writers Week and An Post Irish Book Awards would like to thank all participants who entered this year’s Irish Poem of the Year 2020 and you the voters who nominated your favourite poem.

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