Blake Poetry Prize Videos

History of Sadness

History of Sadness

Louise Carter Blake Poetry Prize Highly Commended is Sydney-based poet and member of the Writing & Society Research Centre at Western Sydney...

read more
X+

X+

Dave Drayton This elaborate and intelligently crafted poem oscillates between scherzo and seriousness. Every line is an anagram of the first (a...

read more
Don’t Call Us Dirty

Don’t Call Us Dirty

Lou Garcia-Dolnik This poem is ambitious and yet confessionally dense. Its mixture of registers is fresh and startling, as it switches between...

read more
Sweeter than Honey 

Sweeter than Honey 

Heather Ellyard A mad jubilant song of praise to life in an era of sadness. It contains spiritual images and Biblical references that resonate. It...

read more
Waterlines to a Kingfisher

Waterlines to a Kingfisher

Peter Ramm This lyric poem begins grounded by metaphor, ‘the morning river after rain is a mud river’. It then takes flight like the kingfisher...

read more
Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance

Julie Manning An elegy for lost parents, a narrative on remembered family life, a poem on the disconnection of grief and the grappling with its...

read more