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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

2017 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Norman Foote Among the Pumpkins by Vanessa Page (First Prize)

She tears each day along careful perforations, to the anniversary of his death.
Today, it is April. The air is muddied with heat, and from her kitchen
window, Glebe Road has slowed to a Saturday afternoon trickle.
She’s cleaving a knife through a Queensland blue’s rippled form
until it aches open: the buttery-gold flesh tumbling into cubes for the pot. 
Smoothed out on the bench before her, the map of sequences that carry her on.
Thirteen years ago, Norman Foote crouched in the fields at Peak Crossing,
among the pumpkins: giant orbs dropped as if by something other-worldly,
the lean, mottled bodies of the working dogs, weaving around him.
Captured in a candid moment, before the distant peaks of the Teviot Ranges,
on the paddock-flat, in the piercing gaze of summer, weeks before sailing out.
At Newtown, the boiling water steams, lifts the photograph’s sellotaped edge.
She often pictures him, between fitful wake and sleep, looking out at the
distant tips of the pyramids from Heliopolis. Those great, other-worldly wonders,
chevrons cut into the sky – the sands lit by glow, as golden as Rockdale Farm fields
the dusk slowly advancing: bringing its cummerbund of delicate colours, 
as around him, soldiers shuttle between tents with industry.
The sounds of him coughing and hacking, rising steeply into the night.
At home, streets and days stretch on.
Timber and tin blocks fade out to scrub. A herd of cows lumber slowly to the west.
His mother’s pot bubbles over again on the hob.

Circa 1928 by P.S Cottier (Second Prize)

An Ode to the F-111 by Leonie Parker (Third Prize)

Double Take by Bernadette Whisson (Highly Commended)

Outside the Lines by Joe Dolce (Highly Commended)

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years