Dove soars high

Local poet Dove Rengger-Thorpe (pictured) is well chuffed at the news she is a winner in the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Poetry Prize. This USA-based poetry competition offers $35,000 worth of prizes and worldwide exposure for previously unpublished lyric poems. Poets from all over the world entered in this prestigious competition.

When she found out last week her two poems had struck a winning chord with judges, she immediately wrote back to the foundation thanking them for their support of young poets.

Competitions like these are essential for poetry, Dove told The Echo. Young poets gain exposure, assurance and confidence.

Dove, who has just completed a thesis for her PhD (through SCU) in creative writing, credits her mum Helen (also a poet) for being a sounding board for her work. She also celebrated with her proud dad Greg in the Nimbin pub where maybe a drink or two (Greg only drinks on special occasions) was toasted to Doves poetic success.

Congrats Dove!

Blackbean

by Dove Rengger-Thorpe

Inside I am

Small and black and

Glossy, and contain

Whole other worlds,

If only you

Could split me open.

You dont notice me,

And walk on by,

Just nudging the pod

Of my possibility

With your foot.


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