JUDGES COMMENTS: 'Johnson’s beautiful sequence focusing on Irish localities was not only deeply attentive to the specificities of place – evoking ‘shards of stone the size of a premature baby’s fists’ and ‘many skins / of effervescent light’ – but also the metaphysical resonances of those encounters. Johnson joins again the list of eminent poets awarded this prestigious prize, having already won in 2000 with work which became "Nomadic"'.
VANESSA PAGE'S 2013 collection 'Confessional Box' was the winner of the FAW Anne Elder Award 2013.
ROBERT ADAMSON: 'Vanessa Page writes with the complex simplicity of an artist like Paul Klee, her language is 'skin, papered/over skin'. The images are chipped with such clean lines from reality, they seem slightly surreal, 'a cassette tape ribbon flying like a prayer flag from the brigalow;. 'Confessional Box' is a carefully orchestrated book, its sections become whole stanzas, and each poem echoes with resonance. Page's lines form a compelling narrative. A life unfolds as one reads. Page has created a world, both intimate and universal, where cane fields and human figures are woven together with birds, animals and domestic scenes in painterly lines. There is an arresting music to this book, worked at deep pitch, performed with great skill and a compassionate vision'.
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